- 1(Of a problem or illness) cause pain or trouble to; affect adversely: his younger child was afflicted with a skin disease serious ills afflict the industry (as plural noun the afflicted) he comforted the afflictedMore example sentences
- When we are afflicted with such illnesses, we expect to recover quickly and fully.
- This will remove the problems afflicting society, particularly those affecting the working class majority.
- Companies have made great advances in tackling health problems afflicting dancers, but those could be lost if proper practices are not maintained at all levels of the profession, he said.
- 1.1 Astrology (Of a celestial body) be in a stressful aspect with (another celestial body or a point on the ecliptic): Jupiter is afflicted by Mars in oppositionMore example sentences
- But if that path is afflicted, the astrologer can suggest alternatives.
- It is cadent from the Ascendant and afflicted by a square to Saturn.
- Saturn, the Greater Malefic and ruler of the 8th house, is stronger than the victim's significator, the Moon, and afflicts the 11 th house of hopes and dreams.
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- And through fine moments of awareness, it is possible to not let afflictive emotions like anger evolve as a chain reaction that leads to the wish to harm.
- The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.
- And if they destroy your inner well-being and then also that of others, then we call them either negative, or afflictive, or obscuring, or destructive.
late Middle English (in the sense 'deject, humiliate'): from Latin afflictare 'knock about, harass', or from afflict- 'knocked down, weakened': both from the verb affligere, from ad- 'to' + fligere 'to strike, dash'.