afflict - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] [usually passive] formal 

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/əˈflɪkt/
present tense
I/you/we/theyafflict
he/she/itafflicts
present participleafflicting
past tenseafflicted
past participleafflicted
  1. if you are afflicted by an illness or serious problem, you suffer from it

    More and more children are afflicted by allergies.