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used in The Odyssey by Homer (translated by: Butcher & Lang)

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cause suffering — such as illness, pain, or unhappiness
  • I said that after sore affliction, with the loss of all his company, unknown to all, in the twentieth year he should come home.
    Book 2 (42% in)
  • But my heart is rent for wise Odysseus, that hapless one, who far from his friends this long while suffereth affliction in a seagirt isle, where is the navel of the sea, a woodland isle, and therein a goddess hath her habitation, the daughter of the wizard Atlas, who knows the depths of every sea, and himself upholds the tall pillars which keep earth and sky asunder.
    Book 1 (12% in)
  • Nay, if thou wouldest be assured, go ask the old man, the hero Laertes, who they say no more comes to the city, but far away toward the upland suffers affliction, with an ancient woman for his handmaid, who sets by him meat and drink, whensoever weariness takes hold of his limbs, as he creeps along the knoll of his vineyard plot.
    Book 1 (44% in)
  • I pray thee, if ever at all my father, noble Odysseus, made promise to thee of word or work, and fulfilled the same in the land of the Trojans, where ye Achaeans suffered affliction; these things, I pray thee, now remember and tell me truth.'
    Book 3 (20% in)
  • Ah, if but grey-eyed Athene were inclined to love thee, as once she cared exceedingly for the renowned Odysseus in the land of the Trojans, where we Achaeans were sore afflicted, for never yet have I seen the gods show forth such manifest love, as then did Pallas Athene standing manifest by him,— if she would be pleased so to love thee and to care for thee, then might certain of them clean forget their marriage.'
    Book 3 (44% in)
  • Surely ourselves ate much hospitable cheer of other men, ere we twain came hither, even if in time to come Zeus haply give us rest from affliction.
    Book 4 (5% in)
  • Now all of them I could not tell or number, so many as were the adventures of Odysseus of the hardy heart; but, ah, what a deed was this he wrought and dared in his hardiness in the land of the Trojans, where ye Achaeans suffered affliction.
    Book 4 (29% in)
  • Ah, I pray thee, if ever at all my father, good Odysseus, made promise to thee of word or work and fulfilled the same in the land of the Trojans, where ye Achaeans suffered affliction, these things, I pray thee, now remember and tell me truth.'
    Book 4 (39% in)
  • Nay, even the gods who live at ease suffer thee not to wail or be afflicted, seeing that thy son is yet to return; for no sinner is he in the eyes of the gods.'
    Book 4 (95% in)
  • Yea, and if some god shall wreck me in the wine-dark deep, even so I will endure, with a heart within me patient of affliction.
    Book 5 (45% in)
  • So long as the timbers abide in the dowels, so long will I endure steadfast in affliction, but so soon as the wave hath shattered my raft asunder, I will swim, for meanwhile no better counsel may be.'
    Book 5 (74% in)
  • Yet for all that I deem not that thou shalt think thyself too lightly afflicted.'
    Book 5 (78% in)
  • But speed, I pray you, my parting, that I may come the more quickly to mine own country, for already too long do I suffer affliction far from my friends.'
    Book 7 (45% in)
  • But as for me, suffer me to sup, afflicted as I am; for nought is there more shameless than a ravening belly, which biddeth a man perforce be mindful of him, though one be worn and sorrowful in spirit, even as I have sorrow of heart; yet evermore he biddeth me eat and drink and maketh me utterly to forget all my sufferings, and commandeth me to take my fill.
    Book 7 (62% in)
  • Yet even so, for all my affliction, I will essay the games, for thy word hath bitten to the quick, and thou hast roused me with thy saying.'
    Book 8 (32% in)
  • But may the gods grant thee to see thy wife and to come to thine own country, for all too long has thou endured affliction away from thy friends.'
    Book 8 (70% in)
  • So they gathered in the early morning as thick as leaves and flowers that spring in their season—yea and in that hour an evil doom of Zeus stood by us, ill-fated men, that so we might be sore afflicted.
    Book 9 (10% in)
  • 'Now when Circe saw that I sat thus, and that I put not forth my hands to the meat, and that I was mightily afflicted, she drew near to me and spake to me winged words: ' "Wherefore thus, Odysseus, dost thou sit there like a speechless man, consuming thine own soul, and dost not touch meat nor drink?
    Book 10 (67% in)
  • For not yet have I drawn near to the Achaean shore, nor yet have I set foot on mine own country, but have been wandering evermore in affliction, from the day that first I went with goodly Agamemnon to Ilios of the fair steeds, to do battle with the Trojans.
    Book 11 (26% in)
  • Thereupon Alcinous answered him, and spake, saying: 'Odysseus, now that thou hast come to my high house with floor of bronze, never, methinks, shalt thou be driven from thy way ere thou returnest, though thou hast been sore afflicted.
    Book 13 (2% in)
  • Lo, now I said that after much affliction Odysseus should come home, for I had no mind to rob him utterly of his return, when once thou hadst promised it and given assent; but behold, in his sleep they have borne him in a swift ship over the sea, and set him down in Ithaca, and given him gifts out of measure, bronze and gold in plenty and woven raiment, much store, such as never would Odysseus have won for himself out of Troy; yea, though he had returned unhurt with the share of the...
    Book 13 (30% in)
  • But in this hour of my affliction Zeus himself put into my hands the huge mast of the dark-prowed ship, that even yet I might escape from harm.
    Book 14 (58% in)
  • For he has wondrous sorrow for his son that is far away, and for the wedded lady his wise wife, whose death afflicted him in chief and brought him to old age before his day.
    Book 15 (65% in)
  • As for myself, I can in no wise suffer every guest who comes to me, so afflicted am I in spirit.
    Book 17 (2% in)
  • For I kept him three nights and three days I held him in the steading, for to me he came first when he fled from the ship, yet he had not made an end of the tale of his affliction.
    Book 17 (85% in)
  • Four thou knewest right well, in that thou hadst heard it from my lips, how that I was minded to ask the stranger in my halls for tidings of my lord; for I am grievously afflicted.'
    Book 19 (17% in)
  • But this is more grievous still, to abide here in affliction watching over the herds of other men.
    Book 20 (56% in)
  • Not for the marriage do I mourn so greatly, afflicted though I be; there are many Achaean women besides, some in sea-begirt Ithaca itself and some in other cities.
    Book 21 (58% in)
  • So come with me, that ye may both enter into your heart's delight,{*} for ye have suffered much affliction.
    Book 23 (15% in)
  • Now the soul of the son of Peleus spake to him first, saying: 'Son of Atreus, verily we deemed that thou above all other heroes wast evermore dear to Zeus, whose joy is in the thunder, seeing that thou wast lord over warriors, many and mighty men, in the land of the Trojans where we Achaeans suffered affliction.
    Book 24 (5% in)

There are no more uses of "afflict" in The Odyssey by Homer (translated by: Butcher & Lang).

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