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characterized by or causing pain, distress, or grief; distressing.
Historical Examples

Verily I fear for you, if ye worship any other, the punishment of an afflictive day in this world and in the world to come.
Selections From The Kur-an Edward William Lane

His death was a terrible calamity, as well as a most afflictive bereavement.
Josephine John S. C. Abbott

I have just been informed that the House of Representatives has this instant adjourned under the most afflictive circumstances.
Thirty Years’ View (Vol. II of 2) Thomas Hart Benton

But insensibility to his afflictive dispensations is to “despise” the methods of his grace.
A Memorial of Mrs. Margaret Breckinridge Archibald Alexander

The continual warfare that is carried on between Indian tribes must be afflictive to every humane and Christian spirit.
History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians George Mogridge

The dispensation may be dark, and afflictive, and even profoundly mysterious; yet we should think, it is God that hath done it.
A Memorial of Mrs. Margaret Breckinridge Archibald Alexander

What shall we do but seek ability at the Divine footstool to bow in humble resignation to this afflictive dispensation?
Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel John Yeardley

The glorious results of the campaign of 1781 were, however, associated with an event most afflictive to her.
Lives of Celebrated Women Samuel Griswold Goodrich

To these afflictive tidings was added some discouragement in respect to their proposed journey to Russia.
Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel John Yeardley

Nor can it be a matter of trouble to be engaged in villanies one’s self, and not afflictive to suffer by the villanies of others.
Essays and Miscellanies Plutarch


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