Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Characterized by or causing mental or physical pain; painful; distressing; of the nature of an affliction: as, an afflictive dispensation of Providence.
  • Synonyms Afflicting, grievous, calamitous, disastrous, oppressive, severe, unhappy, trying.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Giving pain; causing continued or repeated pain or grief; distressing.

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  • adjective That causes physical or mental pain

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  • adjective causing misery or pain or distress

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Examples

  • Another point from the Buddhist perspective is what we call afflictive emotion or defilements of the mind.

    Awakening Kindness

  • Another point from the Buddhist perspective is what we call afflictive emotion or defilements of the mind.

    Awakening Kindness

  • Another point from the Buddhist perspective is what we call afflictive emotion or defilements of the mind.

    Awakening Kindness

  • People find themselves forced to "afflictive" methods which stand in no relation with the realities of life.

    The Education of the Child

  • People find themselves forced to "afflictive" methods which stand in no relation with the realities of life.

    The Education of the Child

  • Intentionally looking for gratitude is a strategy to counter afflictive thoughts and emotions, and deepen the feelings that strengthen us.

    Michael Stanclift, N.D.: holiday mindfulness

  • Intentionally looking for gratitude is a strategy to counter afflictive thoughts and emotions, and deepen the feelings that strengthen us.

    Michael Stanclift, N.D.: holiday mindfulness

  • Intentionally looking for gratitude is a strategy to counter afflictive thoughts and emotions, and deepen the feelings that strengthen us.

    Michael Stanclift, N.D.: holiday mindfulness

  • Occasionally, this process of digesting and releasing is accompanied by "spiritual and mystical experience," and more often the process includes a letting go of old afflictive emotions, as the realization of deep insights and our innate healing energies arise from within.

    Dr. Isaac Eliaz: What Are You Feeling?: The Journey to Self Awareness

  • Occasionally, this process of digesting and releasing is accompanied by "spiritual and mystical experience," and more often the process includes a letting go of old afflictive emotions, as the realization of deep insights and our innate healing energies arise from within.

    Dr. Isaac Eliaz: What Are You Feeling?: The Journey to Self Awareness

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  • But the idea most afflictive to my mind, what drove me to despair, and laid fiend-like hold upon my fancy, was the unquestioned plunder of my effects.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 9 ch. 5

    October 7, 2008