Simple Definition of inflict
: to cause someone to experience or be affected by (something unpleasant or harmful)
Examples of inflict in a sentence
These insects are capable of inflicting a painful sting.
Origin and Etymology of inflict
Latin inflictus, past participle of infligere, from in- + fligere to strike — more at profligate
First Known Use: 1566
INFLICT Defined for Kids
Definition of inflict for Students
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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