Inflict Definition

inflicted, inflicting, inflicts
inflicted, inflicting, inflicts
To give or cause (pain, wounds, etc.) by or as by striking; cause to be borne.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To impose (a punishment, disagreeable task, etc.) on or upon.
Webster's New World
To force to undergo or experience (something unwanted).
American Heritage
To deal or deliver (a blow, for example).
American Heritage

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

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