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Synonyms for afflictəˈflɪkt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. afflict(verb)

    cause great unhappiness for; distress

    "she was afflicted by the death of her parents"


  2. afflict, smite(verb)

    cause physical pain or suffering in

    "afflict with the plague"

    smite, afflict

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.

    castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, discipline, humble, punish, purify, refine, soften, subdue, try

    "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.)

    grieve, distress, trouble, torment, agonize, plague, pain, hurt, harass, wound, exercise, grind, persecute, smite, make sorrowful

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List of paraphrases:

affect, plague, bedevil

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