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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 house of President Duterte at Margarita Village here has finally been given to the House of Hope, a foundation that runs a halfway home for children afflicted with cancer.
I AM a Pakistani citizen afflicted with a hearing impairment.
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.
Judi Dench, has diminishing eyesight and, like 600,000 people in the UK, she's afflicted with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading form of blindness.
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.
The evening was dedicated to children afflicted with cancer.
5 ( ANI ): Asthma hampers dating, sexual pleasure and careers of people afflicted with the disease, a new study has claimed.
The DHA had said that 15 expatriates found to have HIV were also afflicted with tuberculosis, an infectious bacterial disease.
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.
EL SEGUNDO, CA -- In what doctors call a medical first, Chris Haslam is actively seeking to be afflicted with the rare skin condition known as hirsutism, where one's entire face is covered in hair.
In 2001, Max attended a reunion for an Italian family that for 200 years had been afflicted with a mysterious and devastating disease.