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inflict

verb in·flict \in-ˈflikt\

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

Full Definition of INFLICT

transitive verb
1
:  afflict
2
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
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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
INFLICT Defined for Kids

inflict

verb in·flict \in-ˈflikt\
in·flict·edin·flict·ing

Definition of INFLICT for Kids

1
:  to give by or as if by striking <inflict a wound>
2
:  to cause to be put up with <… you endure the boredom that doctors and dentists inflict on their patients before bringing them in … — Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator>

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