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Meaning of afflict

af•flict

Pronunciation: (u-flikt'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to distress with mental or bodily pain; trouble greatly or grievously: to be afflicted with arthritis.
    1. to overthrow; defeat.
    2. to humble.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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