(Archaic) To harass or disturb by repeated attacks.
To worry or trouble, esp. with petty annoyances; harass, pester, etc.
To cause physical pain to; hurt:
To sting with or as if with a nettle.
To punish (one's body) or control (one's physical desires and passions) by self-denial, fasting, etc., as a means of religious or ascetic discipline
To become worn or sore from rubbing or friction:
To become eaten, corroded, worn, frayed, etc.
To cause injury, damage, or pain
To irk or exasperate; vex:
(Physiology) To cause a physiological response to a stimulus in (a cell, body tissue, or organism).
To be affected by inflammation.
To be subject to or exist in a condition of decline:
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