Adjective "afflicting" definition and examples

(Afflicting may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/əˈflɪkt/

Definitions and examples

verb

(of a problem or illness) cause pain or trouble to; affect adversely.
  1. 'serious ills afflict the industry'
  2. 'Over the coming weeks, we'll be highlighting how organic farming can provide solutions to the seemingly intractable problems afflicting our food chain.'
  3. 'A vast array of social problems afflict a country so recently traumatized by war.'
  4. 'Companies have made great advances in tackling health problems afflicting dancers, but those could be lost if proper practices are not maintained at all levels of the profession, he said.'
  5. 'The problem usually afflicts rural areas, where deep well drilling hits arsenic-rich aquifers.'
  6. 'When we are afflicted with such illnesses, we expect to recover quickly and fully.'
  7. 'All joking aside, the most important health problem afflicting our nation right now is obesity, according to the National Institute of Health.'
  8. 'This problem afflicts a quarter of all irrigated land and is most acute in Pakistan, where two million hectares have been lost to high soil salinity.'
  9. 'Of course, it does not mean he is not familiar with the issues and problems afflicting the two suburbs.'
  10. 'The word from the World Health Organisation is that by the year 2020, depression will be the second most common health problem afflicting our population.'
  11. 'At least the Prime Minister has acknowledged one of the most pressing problems afflicting rural areas: the alarming demise of sub-post offices.'
  12. 'Jupiter is afflicted by Mars in opposition'
  13. 'But if that path is afflicted, the astrologer can suggest alternatives.'
  14. 'A planet in detriment or fall is in a precarious condition, more so if it is peregrine or otherwise afflicted.'

More definitions

1. to distress with mental or bodily pain; trouble greatly or grievously: to be afflicted with arthritis.

2. Obsolete. to overthrow; defeat. to humble.

More examples(as adjective)

"manies can be afflicting."

Origin

(afflict)Late Middle English (in the sense ‘deject, humiliate’): from Latin afflictare ‘knock about, harass’, or from afflict- ‘knocked down, weakened’: both from the verb affligere, from ad- ‘to’ + fligere ‘to strike, dash’.