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Definition cause suffering — such as illness, pain, or unhappiness
  • She is afflicted by diabetes.
afflicted = made to suffer
  • While taking the test, she was afflicted with a toothache and a throbbing head.
  • afflicted = caused to suffer
  • Now it seems you afflict others; where did you find this power?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • afflict = cause suffering in
  • I slept with Grandmother Baxter, who was afflicted with chronic bronchitis and smoked heavily.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • afflicted = stricken (suffered from)
  • 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
  • afflicted = people suffering — often from disease
  • 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
  • afflict = cause suffering for
  • I ask Dad what afflicted means and he says, "Sickness, son, and things that don't fit."
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • afflicted = suffering; or made to suffer
  • It is not the engagement, but the severe cold with which I perceive you are afflicted.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • afflicted = suffering
  • 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
  • affliction = something that causes ongoing suffering
  • He's afflicted.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • afflicted = suffering from something
  • DANFORTH: A little while ago you were afflicted.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • DANFORTH : Might it be that here we have no afflicting spirit loose, but in the court there were some?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • HATHORNE: You say you never saw no spirits, Mary, were never threatened or afflicted by any manifest of the Devil or the Devil's agents.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • HALE: Does someone afflict you, child?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Then, to Proctor and Giles Corey: Do you men have afflicted children?
    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
  • However, lacking both time and inclination, I did not wait to hear about the afflicted cow, but took my leave.
    Mark Twain  --  The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
  • " 'Affliction is the good man's shining time,' " she wrote, quoting a favorite line from the English poet Edward Young.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Have you ever felt as if God were afflicting you?
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • "Ah, what ter'ble affliction is dis," continued she.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

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