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English definition of “afflict”

afflict

verb [T]
 
 
/əˈflɪkt/ formal
If an illness or problem afflicts you, it makes you suffer: [often passive] a country afflicted by civil war It is an illness that afflicts women more than men.Experiencing and sufferingInjuring and injuries
affliction
 
 
/əˈflɪkʃən/ noun [C, U]
something that makes you sufferDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
(Definition of afflict from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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