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afflict
used in Gulliver's Travels

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Definition
cause suffering — such as illness, pain, or unhappiness
  • It was drawn by an unskilful surgeon, in a mistake, from one of Glumdalclitch's men, who was afflicted with the tooth-ache, but it was as sound as any in his head.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (96% in)
  • The first and the mildest course is, by keeping the island hovering over such a town, and the lands about it, whereby he can deprive them of the benefit of the sun and the rain, and consequently afflict the inhabitants with dearth and diseases: and if the crime deserve it, they are at the same time pelted from above with great stones, against which they have no defence but by creeping into cellars or caves, while the roofs of their houses are beaten to pieces.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (29% in)

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