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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 for "afflict":

    affect, plague, bedevil

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How to use afflict in a sentence?

  1. John Kenneth Galbraith, Guardian (London, 28 July 1989):

    In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.

  2. Finley Peter Dunne:

    Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.

  3. Cardinal Richelieu:

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

  4. 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.

  5. Harold Geneen:

    The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism.

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