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She is afflicted by diabetes.
  cause suffering — such as illness, pain, or unhappiness
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"Afflict" is often confused with "inflict".  Generally, a person is "afflicted" with something; while a thing is "inflicted" on someone.
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  • She is afflicted by diabetes.
  • While taking the test, she was afflicted with a toothache and a throbbing head.
  • Now it seems you afflict others; where did you find this power?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • As a three-year survivor of Stage IV cancer, I can tell you that you got everything right in An Imperial Affliction.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars

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  • I ask Dad what afflicted means and he says, "Sickness, son, and things that don’t fit."
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • In fact, it was the same foot fungus that a hundred and ten years later would afflict the famous ballplayer Clyde Livingston.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • It is not the engagement, but the severe cold with which I perceive you are afflicted.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • I slept with Grandmother Baxter, who was afflicted with chronic bronchitis and smoked heavily.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He asked God to go with all the sick and afflicted, both at home and in the hospitals across this land.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • He’s afflicted.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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  • Then, to Proctor and Giles Corey: Do you men have afflicted children?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • HALE: Does someone afflict you, child?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • That woman, however, turned into a mere pest under his searching scrutiny, and the child she had allegedly been afflicting recovered her normal behavior after Hale had given her his kindness and a few days of rest in his own house.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • She was afflicted with a restlessness of spirit he could not guess at, but he knew she was the one for him.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Her greatest affliction now was the restless longing that so often threatened to overwhelm her.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • On each side of the family he had an uncle with the same affliction.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Ice fell away from his hand, which rose up to tremble in the air for a moment, afflicted and blue, before coming to rest on my arm.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • This one massive miscarriage of justice had afflicted the whole community with despair and made it hard for me to be dispassionate.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • It seemed the whole encampment was afflicted.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • With the pain comes another pain, a pain far greater than any physical ailment I could ever be afflicted with: the memory of the hours before.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • He said it like it was an affliction.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Still, I had never intended it to be a killing affliction.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • We must redouble our efforts to raise funds to provide care for the afflicted and finance the research to end it.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • And bless our sister in her weakness and affliction.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Flailing and thrashing, Buttercup wept and tossed and paced and wept some more, and there have been three great cases of jealousy since David of Galilee was first afflicted with the emotion when he could no longer stand the fact that his neighbor Saul’s cactus outshone his own.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • This fear of heights is an affliction.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Some stared at the afflicted child with morbid fascination, but most turned away.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • No one ever discovered what happened to him to cause this strange affliction.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • Clamp it to his heart and wait for the goddess to thrust her fiery hand through its planes and burn away his afflictions.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • May it comfort you to know that in our time of need, we in Washington are developing programs, both to support the families affected by this horrid affliction and the children blessed enough to survive it.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Actually, I was very much aware of the novel, but the petty spirit which so often afflicts the unpublished writer allowed me to harbor only a grudge for what I suspected was the book’s well-deserved critical approval.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I sometimes wonder which of these will afflict me, later, because I know one of them will.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • She tried to thank me, but the affliction pulled at her mouth and made it hard to figure her words.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • While I was occupied with my tonics and salves, he would chat idly with the friends and relatives of the afflicted, taking care to describe the path of our journey toward Beauly.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • His daughter was twenty now, and soon would be thirty, and soon after, the afflictions came like rain.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • It was a myth you couldn’t function on opiates: shooting up was one thing but for someone like me —jumping at pigeons beating from the sidewalk, afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder practically to the point of spasticity and cerebral palsy—pills were the key to being not only competent, but high-functioning.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • All Peter’s hopes for the curing of his afflicted Engine were now fixed on his Father, for Father was most wonderfully clever with his fingers.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • There was a constant urge to speak both expressions, spurred on by the affliction of guilt.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • But Saboor, like many of my countrymen, had the affliction of pride, an affliction both misbegotten and unshakable.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • White folks is a miracle of affliction, say Sofia.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • What most afflicted him with the sense of nightmare was that he had never clearly understood why the huge imposture was undertaken.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Have you ever felt as if God were afflicting you?
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • When a man was afflicted with swelling in the stomach and the limbs he was not allowed to die in the house.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • "They mostly do," said the clergyman, griping hard at his breast, as if afflicted with an importunate throb of pain.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The mere recurrence to those songs, even now, afflicts me; and while I am writing these lines, an expression of feeling has already found its way down my cheek.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Compare the present occasion with such an affliction as that, and be thankful for the friends you have, instead of coveting more.’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I went so far as to pay a nickel for the privilege of rubbing my head against the head of Miss Rachel’s cook’s son, who was afflicted with a tremendous ringworm.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • I was struck through with my own wayward brand of reverence: praise be the lord of all plagues and secret afflictions!
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • In fact her maturity and blood kinship converted her passion to fever, so it was more affliction than affection.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Deep affliction has but strengthened and refined them.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
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