An example of inflict is someone causing another person to be in pain.
- to give or cause (pain, wounds, etc.) by or as by striking; cause to be borne
- to impose (a punishment, disagreeable task, etc.) on or upon
Origin of inflict; from Classical Latin inflictus, past participle of infligere, to strike or beat against ; from in-, on, against + fligere, to strike ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhl??-, to strike from source Welsh blif, catapult
transitive verbin·flict·ed, in·flict·ing, in·flicts
- To cause (something injurious or harmful), as to a person, group, or area: claws that inflicted a deep wound; an attack that inflicted heavy losses; a storm that inflicted widespread damage.
- To force to undergo or experience (something unwanted): “the piano lessons he inflicted on his son” (Christopher Miller).
- To deal or deliver (a blow, for example).
Origin of inflictLatin &imacron;nfl&imacron;gere, &imacron;nfl&imacron;ct- : in-, on; see in–2 + fl&imacron;gere, to strike.
- in·flict′er, in·flic′tor
(third-person singular simple present inflicts, present participle inflicting, simple past and past participle inflicted)
- From Latin infligere, from in-, + fligere, "to strike".