Synonyms for Afflict:

n.

contract, go down with, invade, have, catch, develop, get, come down with. afflict (noun)
ail, pain, smite, trouble.
try (noun)
bother.

v.

cause or become hurt (verb)
plague, agonize, torment, try, pain, trouble, distress, strike, crucify, burden, torture, bother, rack, smite.
change (verb)
smite.
pain (verb)
anguish, rack, stitch, hurt, ache, discomfort, throe, agonize, crick, throb, smart, sting, chafe, cramp, inflame, suffer, distress, wrench, sore, irritate, torture, pain, torment.
punish (verb)
castigate, incarcerate, persecute, discipline, avenge, correct, reprise, burden, confine, punish, judge, penalize, chasten, chastise, execute, pillory, crucify, Keelhaul, lambaste, fine, try, imprison, sentence.

Other synonyms:

go down with, come down with, excruciate. scourge, invade. develop, contract, catch. get. have. strike. contract
go down with.
destroy
smite.
Other relevant words:
develop, ail, scourge, trouble, curse, strike, contract, plague, catch, bother, smite, attack, excruciate, have.

Usage examples for afflict

  1. Meanwhile, Ireland was a prey to all the evils which can afflict a nation. – Irish Race in the Past and the Present by Aug. J. Thebaud
  2. But tell me now, didst thou ask this Tosilos, as thou callest him, what has become of Altisidora, did she weep over my absence, or has she already consigned to oblivion the love thoughts that used to afflict her when I was present?" – The History of Don Quixote, Volume II., Complete by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra