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afflict
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition
cause suffering — such as illness, pain, or unhappiness
  • "They mostly do," said the clergyman, griping hard at his breast, as if afflicted with an importunate throb of pain.
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (31% in)
  • "It is our Hester—the town's own Hester—who is so kind to the poor, so helpful to the sick, so comfortable to the afflicted!"
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (44% in)
  • Into this festal season of the year—as it already was, and continued to be during the greater part of two centuries—the Puritans compressed whatever mirth and public joy they deemed allowable to human infirmity; thereby so far dispelling the customary cloud, that, for the space of a single holiday, they appeared scarcely more grave than most other communities at a period of general affliction.
    Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (43% in)
  • He hath proved his mercy, most of all, in my afflictions.
    Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (96% in)

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