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afflict (one) with

1. To cause one to contract an ailment or disease. A person's name or pronoun can appear before "with." My classroom has been almost empty all week because one kid afflicted the others with chicken pox. When you have a child in preschool, you'll be afflicted with every illness.
2. To cause another person hardship or difficulty. When used in this sense, a noun or pronoun typically does not appear between "afflict" and "with." Once I finally recovered from my illness, I was afflicted with medical bills.
3. To force someone to spend time with an irritating person. A person's name or pronoun typically appears before "with." Please don't afflict me with your obnoxious brother this evening.
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afflict someone with someone

to burden someone with an annoying person. I was foolish enough to afflict myself with my young cousin for the weekend.
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afflict someone with something

1. Lit. to cause someone to suffer from a disease or disability. The virus has afflicted everyone in the valley.
2. Fig. to burden someone with trouble. We were afflicted with all the worry that comes with raising a teenager.
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References in classic literature ?
HAVING been summoned to serve as a juror, a Prominent Citizen sent a physician's certificate stating that he was afflicted with softening of the brain.
AN Old Man, afflicted with a family of contentious Sons, brought in a bundle of sticks and asked the young men to break it.
The farmers, who were more or less afflicted with the same trouble every season, knew how to deal with it.
They have a parboiled appearance, are afflicted with hang-nails, while the nails are broken and discoloured, and the edges of the quick seem to be assuming a fungoid sort of growth.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Quezon seeks to institutionalize and promote a mental-health program for the province to help persons with mental illness and remove the stigma to those afflicted with it.
In addition, Cua said people afflicted with Hepatitis B suffer discrimination.
Around 6,000 to 10,000 Filipinos are afflicted with rare diseases, but diagnosis is not easy to come and cost of treatment is prohibitive.
Azad, accompanied by senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, and health ministry officials visited the hospital where scores of kids afflicted with the disease have been admitted.
It intervenes whenever 2 percent or more of the total number of passengers and crew is afflicted with gastrointestinal illness.
The debut chapter book for children and young adults by playwright, director, and teacher Judd Lear Silverman, Eddie Has Allergies is a short, humorous story about a young boy afflicted with severe allergies.
In 2001, Max attended a reunion for an Italian family that for 200 years had been afflicted with a mysterious and devastating disease.
People who have been afflicted with this condition for extended periods of time lose their ability to process food normally, thereby leading to potentially severe health problems.
Trendy Hawaiian shirt maker Reyn Spooner has come out with a limited edition aloha shirt depicting the life of Blessed Damien de Veuster, a Belgian Sacred Heart missioner who served those afflicted with leprosy on the island of Molokai, Hawaii.
According to Worby, the suit will seek the creation of a long-term medical testing and treatment fund for those afflicted with exposure related illnesses and also an as yet unnamed amount of financial compensation.
UV radiation intensity, they conjectured, might predict the proportion of patients afflicted with DM in a given locale.