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afflict

af·flict

afflict

 
pronunciation:
flIkt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: afflicted, afflicting, afflicts
definition: to cause physical or mental suffering to.
The flu afflicts many people every year.
antonyms:
comfort
similar words:
aggrieve, agonize, ail, anguish, annoy, beset, cloud, discomfort, distress, gnaw, harass, harm, hurt, oppress, pain, plague, scourge, torment, torture, trouble, vex, visit, wrench
derivations: afflictedness (n.), afflicter (n.)
Word Parts
The word afflict contains the following parts:
af- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix af- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "f," such as fil1 and fix. See ad-.
flic Latin root that means strike
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