What does afflict mean?
The definition of afflict
Af*flict”, v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Afflicted; p. pr. & vb. n.Afflicting.]
Etym: [L. afflictus, p. p. of affigere to cast down, deject; ad + fligere to strike: cf. OF. aflit, afflict, p. p. Cf. Flagellate.]

1 To strike or cast down; to overthrow. [Obs.] “Reassembling our afflicted powers.” Milton.
2 To inflict some great injury or hurt upon, causing continued pain or mental distress; to trouble grievously; to torment. They did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. Exod. i. 11. That which was the worst now least afflicts me. Milton.
3 To make low or humble. [Obs.] Spenser. Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error before an afflicted truth. Jer. Taylor.

Synonyms
— To trouble; grieve; pain; distress; harass; torment; wound; hurt.

Af*flict”, p. p. & a.
Etym: [L. afflictus, p. p.]

Afflicted. [Obs.] Becon.