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Afflict


AFFLICT', verb transitive [Latin affligo, afflicto, of ad and figo, to strike; eng. flog; Gr. to strike; , Latin plaga, a stroke. Hence, eng. flail, g being suppressed; Latin flagellum. See Flog.]

1. To give to the body or mind pain which is continued or of some permanence; to grieve, or distress; as, one is afflicted with the gout, or with melancholy, or with losses and misfortunes.

They afflict thy heritage, O Lord. Psalms 94:5.

2. To trouble; to harass; to distress.