verb (used with object)
Origin of inflict
Examples from the Web for inflict
The rise of ISIS has revealed the horrors that people are willing to inflict upon one another.
Most of all, how could anyone film—or inflict upon viewers—such gratuitous, relentlessly grubby sexual content?
And with RT, these losers have a global platform through which they can inflict their psychoses on the rest of us.
Veterans groups called it unconscionable to inflict cuts of any kind on a force that has endured repeated deployments.
What possible punishment can the Dalai Lama, in this lifetime, inflict on the Chinese as they hasten the extinction of his people?
I would not kill them more than madmen; I would not inflict needless pain on them.Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)|Theodore Parker
Then they will defend themselves, and can inflict a sharp blow with their tails, or a severe bite with their teeth.Out on the Pampas|G. A. Henty
The crimes we every day punish are really below the penalties we inflict.
I can only say that I shall be willing, cheerfully, to submit to any penalty the colonel may think fit to inflict.The Curse of Carne's Hold|G. A. Henty
This took the surgeon aback; but he hastened to explain that he did not wish to inflict unnecessary pain, and hence his question.The Ape, the Idiot & Other People|W. C. Morrow
Word Origin for inflict
1560s, from Latin inflictus, past participle of infligere "to strike or dash against," from in- "on, against" (see in- (2)) + fligere (past participle flictus) "to dash, strike" (see afflict). You inflict trouble on someone; you afflict someone with trouble. Shame on you.