verb \in-ˈflikt\

: to cause someone to experience or be affected by (something unpleasant or harmful)

Full Definition of INFLICT

transitive verb
:  afflict
a :  to give by or as if by striking <inflict pain>
b :  to cause (something unpleasant) to be endured
in·flict·er or in·flic·tor \-ˈflik-tər\ noun
in·flic·tive \-tiv\ adjective

Examples of INFLICT

  1. These insects are capable of inflicting a painful sting.

Origin of INFLICT

Latin inflictus, past participle of infligere, from in- + fligere to strike — more at profligate
First Known Use: 1566


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