To cause (someone) pain, suffering or distress. (verb)
Examples of word afflict
That he will not afflict, that is, that he will not afflict willingly; it is no pleasure to him to grieve the children of men, much less his own children.
Sundry marplots, such as afflict all public bodies did, indeed, start to their feet, but a universal cry of ` ` question '' drowned all their efforts, and Mr. Raymond's motion was carried, to all appearance unanimously.
It took place in the bed-room, where, as usual save on Sunday morning, Ada consumed her strong tea and heavily buttered toast; the state of her health -- she had frequent ailments, more or less genuine, such as afflict the indolent and brainless type of woman -- made it necessary for her to repose till a late hour.
'afflict' Rose, but let her choose, and if I'm not entirely mistaken, she will like my rig best.
At the same time, it meant â€œto afflictâ€ or â€œto trouble.â€