Definition of inflict
- inflict a painful sting
- inflict damage
- … inflict my annual message upon the church itself if it might derive benefit thereby.
- —Mark Twain
These insects are capable of inflicting a painful sting.
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: to cause someone to experience or be affected by (something unpleasant or harmful)
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