inflict

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verb in·flict \in-ˈflikt\

Definition of inflict

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  afflict

  3. 2a :  to give by or as if by striking inflict a painful sting inflict damageb :  to cause (something unpleasant) to be endured inflict my annual message upon the church itself if it might derive benefit thereby. — Mark Twain

inflicter

or

inflictor

play \in-ˈflik-tər\ noun

inflictive

play \in-ˈflik-tiv\ adjective

Examples of inflict in a sentence

  1. 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 English Language Learners

inflict

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verb in·flict \in-ˈflikt\

Definition of inflict for English Language Learners

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


INFLICT Defined for Kids

inflict

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verb in·flict \in-ˈflikt\

Definition of inflict for Students

inflicted

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inflicting

  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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