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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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Exercising compassion for self includes examining the layers or "generations" of survival behavior that include defense mechanisms, addictions, and the afflictive emotions that maintain cyclic existence.
14) He has also explained various forms of Buddhist meditation that members of other traditions can practice, such as calm abiding and purifying afflictive emotions, without violating any of the commitments of their own heritage.
51) Leo Gurko has argued that Conrad "suffered mordantly" from "an afflictive lack of self-confidence.
Nora, whose afflictive Puritan morality is predicated on `sin,' makes a lover of her mirror, Robin, whose affliction is the `sin' of promiscuity: "Everything we can't bear in this world, some day we find in one person, and love it all at once" (p.
Crenne's "fureur de [l]a plume," the feminist fury of her pen as sword, is a figurative expression and a most formidable instrument for dispensing afflictive judgments, just as the pen is in Leviticus 26:27-28 ("And if in spite of this you will not hearken to me, but walk contrary to me, then I will walk contrary to you in fury, and chastise you myself sevenfold for your sins"), and again in Ezekiel 5:13 ("Thus shall my anger spend itself, and I will vent my fury upon them and satisfy myself").
1040 and later which, as interpreted by Vito Fumagalli and others, suggests an afflictive strain of incipient lordship comparable to that of Catalonia.
In addition, there were penalties such as the death penalty and other afflictive punishments (for instance, physical mutilation) about which there was much controversy and which were not universally applied.
Pearson attempted to reconcile himself to what he saw as an untimely death of someone who still had "promise for long and useful life," by referring to the mysterious working of providence, and desiring that, "God reconcile us to his Afflictive dispensations.
Nor are we asked to pretend that it is not real or afflictive.
Article 125 provides for the period where a suspect has to be delivered to proper judicial authorities-12 hours for crimes or offenses punishable by light penalties, or their equivalent; 18 hours, for crimes or offenses punishable by correctional penalties, or their equivalent 36 hours, for crimes, or offenses punishable by afflictive or capital penalties, or their equivalent.
A key component of these therapies includes mindfulness practice that intends to train attention to detect and regulate afflictive cognitive and emotional patterns.
Like spiritual qualities, afflictive emotions can be interpreted as responses to the demands of the world, in this case, as inappropriate responses to the world.
implicit relational character and associated afflictive emotions (further discussed in Part 3).
She confessed to God that she might "repine," but she asked for strength to submit to the divine will, to bear God's "most afflictive dispensations," submitting her will to a higher will.
The main theme of the present work, 'calm abiding and special insight', relates to what is already mentioned in the canonical Pali texts as samatha (tranquillity) and vipassana (insight) as two forms of meditation (bhavana) which coupled (yuganaddha) lead to realisation or, as put in CASI, the thorough destruction of 'the afflictive emotions' (kleoea), 'liberation and omniscience'.