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afflict (one) with (someone or something)

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. It seems I've afflicted my husband with my cold.
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. You graduate from college, young and optimistic, and then you're promptly afflicted with student loan debt! Thanks so much for afflicting me with another massive filing project.
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. How are we are going have any fun tonight if Mom afflicts us with Uncle Al? Keep moving, or else they'll afflict us with anyone they don't want to have to sit with.
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comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable

To provide aid or support to those in need, while prompting those in positions of power or luxury to act in more ethical ways. Adapted from the writing of humorist Finley Peter Dunne as the fictional character "Mr. Dooley." It is our professional duty as journalists to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable—by exposing the faults of the rich and powerful while acting as the voice of the impoverished and disenfranchised. I've always believed that the church should always strive to be comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. After all, "A man’s riches may ransom his life, but a poor man hears no threat."
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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At present, the President's house at the Margarita village houses three poor children afflicted with cancer.
These are neurotic, stress-related somatoform disorders with 26 afflicted; schizophrenia, schizotypal and delusional disorders with 12; mood disorders with five; organic, including symptomatic, mental disorders with one; and unspecified mental disorder with two, partial data last year showed.
What's worse is that 75 percent of those afflicted are children and they die before they reach their fifth summer.
Dating and socialising were a major problem among those afflicted with the disease, with a large proportion of people saying that they could not keep up with pals during a night out, many went home early.
Not all is hunky-dory in Santa Ana: the paper stumbled on how it handles political advertising late last month and in his newspaper business education, someone forgot to tell Kushner about Finley Peter Dunne's famous line, "The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable," causing him to say his paper doesn't afflict anyone.
His expectations are that the Macedonian economy will be afflicted but not as much as in 2008, as this year's economic growth rate will be 2.4 percent.
"I think the job of the church is not just to comfort the afflicted but to afflict the comfortable" - Douglas Alexander, shadow foreign secretary, on the St Paul's protest.
Everybody says so" Nancy Dell'Olio's description of Strictly Come Dancing since she was voted off the show last week "I think the job of the church is not just to comfort the afflicted but to afflict the comfortable" Douglas Alexander, Shadow Foreign Secretary, on the St Paul's protest "The only reason I wasn't part of those riots burning streets was because I've been taught not to do that.
It might be one of the most famous descriptions of the journalist's job but there was a dismal inevitability about the revelations that the News of the World had been afflicting the afflicted.
"Our fundamental calling is to afflict the comfortable and to comfort the afflicted. This is the gospel of journalism.
Throughout his career, whether he was reopening CBS's Moscow bureau, reporting on the construction of the Berlin Wall, or leaking news of illegal CIA-sponsored assassinations to the Village Voice (after CBS had taken him off the air), he embodied journalism's central tenet: "Comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable"emphasis on the second half.
He said a majority of HIV patients here get afflicted because they take drugs.
In its editorial on Jeddah floods disaster, Al-Bilad newspaper pointed out that Jeddah is witnessing today intensive efforts exerted by all concerned parties to alleviate the sufferings of the afflicted people in implementation of the King"s order to mobilize all capabilities for that purpose.
"Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective" is a scholarly examination of the relationship between Christianity, the Bible, and the mentally ill.
"Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach" examines the disorder as a problem that the afflicted and his or her family must face together, touching on emotional resistance to treatment, distinguishing to the disorder from the person, and the importance of communication.