"person or people in continual suffering of human anatomy or brain," 1650s, noun usage of past participle adjective from afflict.
grievously impacted specifically by disease
- psychologically or actually unfit
- of Afflict
(imp. & p. p.) of Afflict
The Scyths had a method of divination with sticks, and the Enarees, who claimed to be soothsayers by grant of the goddess who had afflicted them, used another method by splitting bast fibres.