- 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 inflicting
It is also memories like these that make it easier to write scenes of inflicting pain upon male perpetrators.Nitehawk Shorts Festival: ‘Brute,’ a Twisted Take on Playing in the Dark
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So far, neither America nor Europe has shown much disposition to bear the inevitable costs of inflicting pain on Russia.The Unhappy Truth About Ukraine
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Gómez and Barros have been charged with forced slavery, inflicting bodily harm on a child and false imprisonment.Argentinian Teen Was Starved and Held Captive With a Canine For 9 Years
Barbie Latza Nadeau
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Perhaps we factor in what exactly we are inflicting on people with “pack and stack” strategies.City Leaders Are in Love With Density but Most City Dwellers Disagree
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Firearms, after all, are inanimate objects, incapable of inflicting harm on their own initiative.Angry Gun-Control Debate Does Damage to Both the Right and the Left
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And in many cases they succeed in inflicting a good deal of pain.
Richling, in the self-occupation of a lover, forgot what pains he might be inflicting.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
I ask pardon for inflicting something like a sermon upon you.
You are too generous to give pain: spare me, then, the suffering of inflicting it on you.
And Andrea then fully realised the pain he was inflicting on this man's soul.The Child of Pleasure
- (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 inflicting
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