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[ in-flik-shuhn ]


  1. the act of inflicting.
  2. something inflicted, as punishment or suffering.

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Other Words From

  • prein·fliction noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of infliction1

First recorded in 1525–35, infliction is from the Late Latin word inflīctiōn- (stem of inflīctiō ). See inflict, -ion

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Example Sentences

Hough is suing the Pettys for charges including intentional infliction of emotional distress, harassment, and witness intimidation.

The county’s motion, filed in California Superior Court on Friday, is targeting the plaintiffs’ assertion that the leak was an intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The officers were accused in the litigation of assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress on the child and other counts, according to court papers.

It likewise accuses Watson of civil assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress and seeks unspecified damages.

He enjoyed the infliction of pain, as long as he wasn't the object of it.

And Val, in his good-nature, bore the infliction passively so long as she kept civil and peaceable.

It is the only way the infliction can be endured, for the sitting-room is so small that we cannot keep the door closed habitually.

For my part, I would just as soon suffer the infliction with bare feet as through a thin layer of stocking.

Self-immolation were easy in comparison with the infliction of one pang on her.

An endless infliction for past sins was once the doctrine: that we now generally reject.