An example of inflict is someone causing another person to be in pain.
Claws that inflicted a deep wound; an attack that inflicted heavy losses; a storm that inflicted widespread damage.
Origin of inflict
- Latin īnflīgere īnflīct- in- on in–2 flīgere to strike
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin infligere, from in-, + fligere, "to strike".