- 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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- (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)
Word Origin for inflict
C16: from Latin inflīgere to strike (something) against, dash against, from flīgere to strike
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