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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj afflictive causing misery or pain or distress "it was a sore trial to him","the painful process of growing up"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mouth ulcers are the most common human affliction.
    • a Afflictive Giving pain; causing continued or repeated pain or grief; distressing. "Jove's afflictive hand.""Spreads slow disease, and darts afflictive pain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • afflictive Characterized by or causing mental or physical pain; painful; distressing; of the nature of an affliction: as, an afflictive dispensation of Providence.
    • afflictive Synonyms Afflicting, grievous, calamitous, disastrous, oppressive, severe, unhappy, trying.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Afflictive causing distress
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  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.”
  • Bible
    “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. [Isaiah 48:10]”
  • Rosalind Russell
    Rosalind Russell
    “When something an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.”
  • George Macdonald
    “Afflictions are but the shadows of God's wings.”
  • Robert Southey
    “Affliction is not sent in vain, young man, from that good God, who chastens whom he loves.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. afflictif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. affligĕre, flictumad, to, fligĕre, to dash to the ground.


In literature:

Dhrishtadyumna, afflicted by Salya with nine shafts, afflicted in return the ruler of Madras with many shafts made of steel.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
That afflicting event fairly broke him down.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
It is the business of your life to comfort and sustain the afflicted.
"Jane Sinclair; Or, The Fawn Of Springvale The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
But affliction is good, my friends, and if it be for our soul's health, then, indeed, it is good to be afflicted.
"Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
Whatever his neighbors could, do to soothe him and alleviate his affliction was done.
"Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
But a far greater affliction was in store for her.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
My loss is indeed great; but O, my dear, my afflicted father, how my heart bleeds for you.
"The Power of Faith" by Isabella Graham
Long silent sat the afflicted sons of Greece, When thus the mighty Diomede began.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
Thus is death disarmed of its sting, and affliction unsubstantialised.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
The Hand of Divine power can, alone, deliver mankind from this desolating affliction.
"Epistle to the Son of the Wolf" by Bahá’u’lláh
This new field was that of administering medical relief to the afflicted.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
Unless close intimacy exists, it is not usage to ask to see the afflicted.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
All through life she was afflicted with that inability to speak at critical times.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
In his old age he was grievously afflicted with the stone.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
It was then also noted in her, as in others like her, that if the Afflicted went to approach her, they were flung down to the Ground.
"The Wonders of the Invisible World" by Cotton Mather
This will afford me some solace in my affliction.
"Gomez Arias" by Joaquín Telesforo de Trueba y Cosío
The Carolinas were afflicted with some of the worst governors conceivable, interspersed now and then with excellent ones.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
There was decent sorrow on every countenance; but of deep and true affliction MacNaghten was the solitary instance.
"Sir Jasper Carew His Life and Experience" by Charles James Lever
Mr. Hinton, what an affliction it is to have a sensitive nature; that's what I often say to my sweet young friend here.
"Jack Hinton The Guardsman" by Charles James Lever
Be patient, poor afflicted one!
"Flora Lyndsay" by Susanna Moodie

In poetry:

And he who bears Affliction's heavy load
With patient piety, well pleas'd he knows
The World a pilgrimage,
The Grave the inn of rest.
"Ode Written On The First Of January" by Robert Southey
Yet, through the Redeemer's love,
These afflictions blessings prove;
He the wounding stings and thorns,
Into healing med'cines turns.
"Vanity Of The Creature Sanctified" by John Newton
Let us be patient! These severe afflictions
Not from the ground arise,
But oftentimes celestial benedictions
Assume this dark disguise.
"By The Fireside : Resignation" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Starting!-- wi' remorse distracted,--
Crush'd wi' grief's increasing load,
Up he bang'd; and sair afflicted,
Sad and silent took the road!
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
Amidst the wakeful hours of night,
When busy cares afflict my head,
One thought of thee gives new delight,
And adds refreshment to my bed.
"Psalm 63" by Isaac Watts
There viewing how diseas'd I am,
I here perceive the healing balm:
Afflicted there with sense of need,
But here refresh'd with meet remede.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

It involves Gurkhas, a tainted head of lettuce in the refrigerator of a British diplomat and a newly discovered disease that afflicts travelers around the world.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) currently afflicts one in seven Maui residents.
Lead poisoning afflicts performance of many Detroit students.
Lenin 's illness at least mimicked the progression of syphilis, afflicting him for months with occasional seizures and excruciating headaches, as well as bouts of nausea, sleeplessness and partial paralysis.
Over the past 3 years, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed more than $1.7 billion to help prevent and eradicate diseases that afflict people living in the world's poorest nations.
Plantar Fasciitis is a common ailment that afflicts many runners.
Flannery O'Connor once described the contradictory desires that afflict all of us with characteristic simplicity.
While the pets afflicted were different in age, breed and residence, they all possessed a common trait.
Can the same kind of national scientific effort that produced the atom bomb — and ended the war in the Pacific — be used to close the so-far intractable educational achievement gap that afflicts African-American students.
"All the days of the afflicted are bad, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast".
Those same habits are what keep the afflicted in the status quo.
Shire 's response was to pay $1.6 billion for Transkaryotic Therapies, an unprofitable company with more debt than sales, and a handful of drugs for rare genetic diseases that afflict as few as 2,000 people globally.
Bay Area doctors join fight against a rare genetic skin disorder that afflicts an alarming number of Mayan children in rural Guatemala.
CNN Afflicts 'the Skinny-Dipper, ' Comforts Jesus Christ.
Most people who sleepwalk or suffer night terrors, which afflict about 1 percent of the adult population, do not become violent.