Tina Brown: So performance anxiety must afflict writers as well as actors.
They want to take on authority and comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable and all that hoo-ha.
He wanted to give a voice to the voiceless, comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.
His wages being allowed for which he served before: he shall not afflict him violently in thy sight.
And, on the other hand, say I had a sense of it, would it not afflict me beyond measure?
Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens.
The news which he had heard did afflict Lord George very much.
But, however brief his annoyance was, it was sufficiently acute to occasion him much pain, and to afflict those who loved him.
He does not grieve willingly, nor afflict the children of men.
We know that out of it arise diseases, new to us, that afflict and destroy man.
late 14c., "to cast down," from Old French aflicter, from Latin afflictare "to damage, harass, torment," frequentative of affligere (past participle afflictus) "to dash down, overthrow," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + fligere (past participle flictus) "to strike," from PIE root *bhlig- "to strike" (cf. Greek phlibein "to press, crush," Czech blizna "scar," Welsh blif "catapult"). Transferred meaning of "trouble, distress," is first recorded 1530s. Related: Afflicted; afflicting.