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[in-flik-shuh n] /ɪnˈflɪk ʃən/
the act of inflicting.
something inflicted, as punishment or suffering.
Origin of infliction
First recorded in 1525-35, infliction is from the Late Latin word inflīctiōn- (stem of inflīctiō). See inflict, -ion
Related forms
preinfliction, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And then, no infliction that Heaven might now cast upon him could be too heavy.

  • Well, we can only pledge ourselves not to exaggerate the infliction of these evils.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • Instead of rivets there came an invasion, an infliction, a visitation.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • America is spared the infliction of this notorious "cuckoo."

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • Self-immolation were easy in comparison with the infliction of one pang on her.

    Evenings at Donaldson Manor Maria J. McIntosh
  • Why, too, should they transfer any portion of the infliction to their posterity?

    Lord George Bentinck Benjamin Disraeli
  • Why should they transfer any of the infliction to their posterity?

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • He suffers twice as much as the child from the infliction of the pain.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • Which enabled Ida to bear the infliction with some degree of philosophy.

    That Stick Charlotte M. Yonge
Word Origin and History for infliction

1530s, from Late Latin inflictionem (nominative inflictio) "an inflicting, a striking against," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin infligere (see inflict).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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