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Covid was diabolically crafted to afflict a world in which we were already raw, sore and constantly rubbing up against other, generating friction as we circulated both globally and locally.

All democracies must try to counteract forms of “market censorship” that afflict profit-driven systems, favoring some voices while filtering out others.

Fevers, I have learned, are far more lethal when they afflict nations.

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The act gives pharmaceutical companies tax credits, market exclusivity, and other incentives to develop drugs for “orphan” diseases, which are defined as illnesses that afflict fewer than 200,000 people in the US.

From Quartz

They had all been infected by a form of pox that afflicts cows but is relatively harmless to humans, and Jenner surmised that the cowpox had given them immunity to smallpox.

From Time

He wanted to give a voice to the voiceless, comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.

They want to take on authority and comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable and all that hoo-ha.

Tina Brown: So performance anxiety must afflict writers as well as actors.

The first person to consult, the last to afflict—a mother—should not be the victim of her daughter's feelings.

Had this been done, I should not have been here to-night—we would have had none of the troubles which afflict the country now.

The grand policy of theologians is to blow hot and to blow cold, to afflict and to console, to frighten and to reassure.

It is from this peculiar mental constitution that arise the woes that now afflict you.

The disordered currency of the country to which he belongs does not follow and afflict him abroad.


On this page you'll find 101 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to afflict, such as: annoy, beset, bother, burden, oppress, and plague.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.