- 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
1520–30; < Latin inflīctus past participle of inflīgere to strike or dash against, equivalent to in- in-2 + flīg- (stem of flīgere to beat down) + -tus past participle suffix
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Examples from the Web for inflictor
They have rather lent security to the inflictor of its sufferings.Some Conditions of Child Life in England
I can offer no suggestion as to how the inflictor of the wound got in or out.The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes
If any one ventured to complain, 'twas the sufferer, not the inflictor who was treated as culpable.The Wanderer (Volume 3 of 5)
That is, the patient will suffer, although neither he nor the inflictor of the injury will attribute it to its real cause.Notes on Nursing
But it is also plain that the decay had begun when the Puritan was the victim instead of the inflictor of persecution.English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century
- (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)
C16: from Latin inflīgere to strike (something) against, dash against, from flīgere to strike
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Word Origin and History for inflictor
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