Inflict definition

ĭn-flĭkt
To force to undergo or experience (something unwanted).
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To give or cause (pain, wounds, etc.) by or as by striking; cause to be borne.
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To deal or deliver (a blow, for example).
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To impose (a punishment, disagreeable task, etc.) on or upon.
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To thrust upon; to impose.

They inflicted terrible pains on her to obtain a confession.

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To inflict is defined as to cause or force upon.

An example of inflict is someone causing another person to be in pain.

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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.

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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".

    From Wiktionary