an afflicting

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  • My heart is much affected in having to commence my journal on a foreign shore by recording such an afflicting event. Cited from Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel,John Yeardley
  • An afflicting letter sent her from her cousin Morden. Cited from Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9), by Samuel Richardson
  • An afflicting picture given of the state of the Southern provinces of France, by a representative of the people who was an eye witness of it. Cited from Historical Epochs of the French Revolution, by H. Goudemetz
  • Privilege has beheld an afflicting spectacle for many years past. Cited from Great Britain and the American Civil War, by Ephraim Douglass Adams
  • It was indeed an afflicting letter for any mother to receive; and Mrs. Day had too long been fed on the bread of affliction. Cited from Mrs. Day's Daughters, by Mary E. Mann
  • In this he gave an afflicting account of the suffering and unprotected state of the slaves there, which it was high time to rectify. Cited from Abolition of the African Slave Trade by the British Parliament, Clarkson
  • Sir Walter's return to Abbotsford was an afflicting scene. Cited from The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 20, No. 571
  • The thought of God was, as usual, ever present to her mind, but it brought no comfort, for with it came an afflicting doubt of the sincerity of her love for Him. Cited from Venerable Mother Mary of the Incarnation, by Anon
  • Ennui is an afflicting sensation, if we may thus express it, from a want of sensation; and pleasure is greater pleasure according to the quantity of sensation. Cited from Literary Character of Men of Genius, by Isaac Disraeli
  • Yet it was an afflicting alternative; and it is not to be denied, that the effort, if it had the determination, wanted the cheerfulness of duty. Cited from The Prose Works of William Wordsworth, by William Wordsworth
  • The sight of the plentiful table was sore to him; the hungry mouths, though he grudged to his offspring nothing that he could pay for, were an afflicting prospect. Cited from Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith, v1
  • It is curious yet an astonishing and an afflicting speculation that men should be most prone to suspect, and hate, those who are most unwearied in endeavouring to remove their evils. Cited from The Adventures of Hugh Trevor, by Thomas Holcroft
  • All through life he was on the ragged edge financially, and in his latter years he was for the first time relieved from pressing obligations by an afflicting event -- the death of his only son, who was a surgeon in Washington's army. Cited from Little Journeys to the Homes of American Statesmen, by Elbert Hubbard
  • It is said, on the contrary, that materialism is an afflicting system, calculated to degrade man; then it puts him upon a level with the brutes, breaks his courage, and shows him no other prospect than frightful annihilation, capable of driving him to despair and suicide, whenever he is unhappy. Cited from Good Sense, by Baron D'Holbach
  • In supposing it even exempt from pain, he always looks upon this nothing as an afflicting solitude -- as an heap of profound darkness; he sees himself in a state of general desolation; destitute of all assistance; and he feels keenly all the rigour of this frightful situation. Cited from System of Nature, Vol. 1, by Baron D'Holbach
  • It came no longer accompanied by images and likenesses to this and that of animate nature, which were relieving and distracting; it came to him in its mortal nakedness -- an afflicting incessant ringing peal, bare as death's ribs in telling of death. Cited from Beauchamps Career by George Meredith, v7