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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of affligere 'to throw down', from ad- 'to' + fligere 'to hit'

afflict

verb
     
af‧flict [transitive often passive] formal
to affect someone or something in an unpleasant way, and make them suffer
afflict with/by
a country afflicted by famine

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