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English verb: afflict

1. afflict (emotion) cause great unhappiness for; distress

SamplesShe was afflicted by the death of her parents.

ExamplesThe bad news will afflict him

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune, upset

Narrower (hyponym)aggrieve, grieve, strain, stress, tribulate, try

2. afflict (change) cause physical pain or suffering in

SamplesAfflict with the plague.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)damage

Narrower (hyponym)blight, plague, visit

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