Meaning of “afflict” - Learner’s Dictionary

afflict

verb [ T ] uk us /əˈflɪkt/ formal

If an illness or problem afflicts you, it makes you suffer:

It is an illness that afflicts women more than men.
affliction uk us /əˈflɪkʃən/ noun [ C, U ]

something that makes you suffer

(Definition of “afflict” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)