Synonyms of afflict
tormentDictionary • There are four main problems that afflict these people.
torment • At times, memories returned to torment her.
trouble • Is anything troubling you?
pain • It pains me to think of an animal being in distress.
hurt • I'll go. I've hurt you enough.
wound • He was deeply wounded by the treachery of his closest friends.
distress • I did not want to frighten or distress her.
rack • a teenager racked with guilt
try • She really tried my patience.
plague • She was plagued by weakness, fatigue, and dizziness.
grieve • It grieved me to see him in such distress.
harass • We are almost routinely harassed by the police.
ail (literary) • a debate on what ails the industry
oppress • The atmosphere in the room oppressed her.
beset • The country is beset by severe economic problems.
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ail (literary)If something ails a group or area of activity, it is a problem or source of trouble for that group or for people involved in that activity.
• a debate on what ails the industry
besetIf someone or something is beset by problems or fears, they have many problems or fears which affect them severely.
• The country is beset by severe economic problems.
distressIf someone or something distresses you, they cause you to be upset or worried.
• I did not want to frighten or distress her.
Thesaurus for afflict from the Collins English Thesaurus
to cause suffering or unhappiness to; distress greatly