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inflict

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verb in·flict \in-ˈflikt\

Simple Definition of inflict

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

Full Definition of inflict

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  afflict

  3. 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 play \-ˈflik-tər\ noun
in·flic·tive play \-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


INFLICT Defined for Kids

inflict

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verb in·flict \in-ˈflikt\

Definition of inflict

in·flict·edin·flict·ing

  1. 1 :  to give by or as if by striking <inflict a wound>

  2. 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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