Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AF-FIRM'A-BLY – AF-FLIC'TION
In a way capable of affirmation.
- Confirmation; ratification; as, the affirmance of a judgment; a statute in affirmance of common law.
- Declaration; affirmation. [Little used.] – Selden. Cowper.
One who affirms.
- The act of affirming or asserting as true; opposed to negation or denial. – Shak.
- That which is asserted; position declared as true; averment. – Hammond.
- Confirmation; ratification; an establishment of what had been before done or decreed. – Hooker.
- A solemn declaration made under the penalties of perjury, by persons who conscientiously decline taking an oath; which affirmation is in law equivalent to testimony given under oath.
- That affirms, or asserts; declaratory of what exists; opposed to negative; as, an affirmative proposition.
- Confirmative; ratifying; as, an act affirmative of common law.
- In algebra, positive; a term applied to numbers which have the sign + plus, denoting addition, and opposed to negative, or such as have the sign - minus, denoting subtraction.
- Positive; dogmatic. [Obs.] – Taylor.
That side of a question which affirms or maintains; opposed to negative; as, there were seventy votes in the affirmative, and thirty-five in the negative.
In an affirmative manner; positively; on the affirmative side of a question; opposed to negatively.
Declared; asserted; averred; confirmed; ratified.
One who affirms.
Asserting; declaring positively; confirming.
A syllable or letter added to the end of a word.
AF-FIX', v.t. [L. affigo, affixum, of ad and figo, to fix; Gr. πηγω, πηγνυω, πηξω; Eng. peg. See Fix.]
- To unite at the end; to subjoin, annex, or add at the close; to affix a syllable to a word; affix a seal to an instrument.
- To attach, unite, or connect with, as names affixed to ideas, or ideas affixed to things.
- To fix or fasten in any manner. In this sense, fix is more generally used.
United at the end; annexed; attached.
Uniting at the end; subjoining; attaching.
The act of uniting at the end, or state of being so united. [Little used.]
That which is affixed. – Drake.
AF-FLA'TION, n. [L. afflo, afflatum, of ad and flo; Eng. blow. See Blow.]
A blowing or breathing on.
AF-FLA'TUS, n. [L.]
- A breath or blast of wind.
- Inspiration; communication of divine knowledge, or the power of prophecy. – Spence.
AF-FLICT', v.t. [L. affligo, afflicto, of ad and fligo, to strike; Eng. flog; Gr. Eol. φλεγω, to strike; Gr. πληγη, L. plaga, a stroke; Goth. flekan, to strike. Hence, Ger. flegel; D. vlegel; Engl. flail, g being suppressed; L. flagellum. See Flog.]
- To give to the body or mind pain which is continued or of some permanence; to grieve, or distress; as, one is afflicted with the gout, or with melancholy, or with losses and misfortunes. They afflict thy heritage, O Lord. – Ps. xcv.
- To trouble; to harass; to distress.
Affected with continued or often repeated pain, either of body or mind; suffering grief or distress of any kind; followed by at, by, or with; as, afflicted at the death of a child, by the rheumatism, or with losses.
The state of being afflicted; but superseded by affliction.
One who afflicts, or causes pain of body or of mind.
Grievous; distressing; as, an afflicting event.
Causing continued or durable pain or body or of mind; grieving; distressing.
- The state of being afflicted; a state of pain, distress, or grief; as, some virtues are seen only in affliction.
- The cause of continued pain of body or mind, as sickness, losses, calamity, adversity, persecution. Many are the afflictions of the righteous. – Ps. xxxiv.