- to impose as something that must be borne or suffered: to inflict punishment.
- to impose (anything unwelcome): The regime inflicted burdensome taxes on the people.
- to deal or deliver, as a blow.
Origin of inflict
Examples from the Web for inflicted
And so the same creeping rot of the rule of law that the administration has inflicted on immigration now bedevils our drug laws.Obama’s Pot Policy Is Refer Madness
January 5, 2015
“They got their chance and they inflicted great pain in the eyes of the world,” said Kakar.Pakistani School Killers Want to Strike the U.S.
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 17, 2014
Should you confront someone that has hurt you in a substantial way, even if the emotional injury was inflicted long ago?Should You Confront Your Old Bully?
August 4, 2014
Specifically, Stewart has raised awareness about the human toll that this conflict has inflicted upon Palestinian civilians.How Jon Stewart Made It Okay to Care About Palestinian Suffering
July 21, 2014
The most horrible act of violence in the novel is inflicted by Christine, on herself.American Dreams: A Best-Selling Pint-Sized Psychopath
June 29, 2014
Fifty lashes is a maximum punishment, inflicted only for the gravest crimes.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
As she smiled and listened, Evelyn dreamed not of the anguish she inflicted.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
The greatest wrong you can inflict upon me will be inflicted by your desertion.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
Lisarda, however, continued, unconscious of the pang she had inflicted.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
That fourth wound he knew had not been inflicted by the half-breed.The Night Riders
- (often foll by on or upon) to impose (something unwelcome, such as pain, oneself, etc)
- rare to cause to suffer; afflict (with)
- to deal out (blows, lashes, etc)