- 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
Related Wordslevy, expose, exact, wreak, extort, force, give, visit, require, deliver, administer, command, dispense, strike, apply, subject
Examples from the Web for inflict
The rise of ISIS has revealed the horrors that people are willing to inflict upon one another.All Aboard the USS Persecution Complex
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
October 19, 2014
Most of all, how could anyone film—or inflict upon viewers—such gratuitous, relentlessly grubby sexual content?Why ‘Girls’ Is Bad for Women
March 31, 2014
And with RT, these losers have a global platform through which they can inflict their psychoses on the rest of us.Watch RT, Putin's TV Network, Call the Cops on Me
March 7, 2014
Veterans groups called it unconscionable to inflict cuts of any kind on a force that has endured repeated deployments.The H.M.O. That Kills Terrorists
February 27, 2014
What possible punishment can the Dalai Lama, in this lifetime, inflict on the Chinese as they hasten the extinction of his people?Tibet’s Ticking Time Bomb
January 18, 2014
They can do a great deal of harm,--inflict a great deal of suffering.
The greatest wrong you can inflict upon me will be inflicted by your desertion.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
I am unacquainted with the nature of all the papers she received, but I well remember the agony they seemed to inflict on her.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
Perhaps the blow which it will inflict upon you will make of you the woman you ought to be.Doctor Pascal
Well, I really never intended to inflict all this upon you, Bertie.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
- (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)