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Synonyms for afflict
əˈflɪkt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. afflict(verb)

    cause great unhappiness for; distress

    "she was afflicted by the death of her parents"

    Synonyms:
    smite

  2. afflict, smite(verb)

    cause physical pain or suffering in

    "afflict with the plague"

    Synonyms:
    smite

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. afflict

    Castigate and chastise refer strictly to corporal punishment, tho both are somewhat archaic; correct and punish are often used as euphemisms in preference to either. Punish is distinctly retributive in sense; chastise, partly retributive, and partly corrective; chasten, wholly corrective. Chasten is used exclusively in the spiritual sense, and chiefly of the visitation of God.

    Synonyms:
    castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, discipline, humble, punish, purify, refine, soften, subdue, try

    Preposition:
    "We are chastened of the Lord," 1 Cor. xi, 32; "they ... chastened us after their own pleasure, but He for our profit," Heb. xii, 10; "chasten in thy hot displeasure," Ps. iv, 7; chasten with pain; by trials and sorrows.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. afflict(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    grieve, distress, trouble, torment, agonize, plague, pain, hurt, harass, wound, exercise, grind, persecute, smite, make sorrowful

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. afflict(v)

    Synonyms:
    persecute, distress, scourge, trouble, harass

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    affect, plague, bedevil

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How to use afflict in a sentence?

  1. Aneurin Bevan:

    Now, the vicissitudes that afflict the individual have their source in society. It is this situation that has given currency to the phrase social forces. Personal relations have given way to impersonal ones. The Great Society has arrived and the task of our generation is to bring it under control. The study of how it is to be done is the function of politics.

  2. Cardinal Richelieu:

    War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men.

  3. James Martin S.J.:

    The role of the Christian is to comfort the afflicted -- of course -- but also to afflict the comfortable. We have people who need to be afflicted a little bit, particularly in their outlook towards the poor and the marginalized.

  4. Finley Peter Dunne:

    Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.

  5. Ecclesiastes:

    Give not over thy soul to sorrow and afflict not thyself in thy own counsel. Gladness of heart is the life of man and the joyfulness of man is length of days.


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