Definition of inflict
1 : afflict
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
inflictorplay \in-ˈflik-tər\ noun
inflictiveplay \in-ˈflik-tiv\ adjective
Examples of inflict in a Sentence
These insects are capable of inflicting a painful sting.
Recent Examples of inflict from the Web
This special session is a farce being inflicted upon the people of Florida,’’ said House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz of Tampa.
Something else that’s becoming frighteningly common is the use of assault-style rifles with large-caliber rounds and high-capacity magazines, which are inflicting far more damage, according to Padilla and others.
The space particle was roughly the size of the head of a pin, which is still large enough to inflict heavy damage.
The national egoism that had inflicted so much suffering before 1945 would be suppressed on a new vision in which international politics would come to look more and more like domestic politics.
Hapilon, who was recovering from wounds inflicted by an airstrike in January, is still hiding out in the city under the protection of gunmen who are desperately trying to find a way to extricate him, said Philippine military chief Gen. Eduardo Ano.
The gunshot appeared to be self-inflicted, and police confiscated the gun, according to police.
That would be consistent with the ban on all imports of coal from North Korea that Beijing announced in February, a move with the potential to inflict severe economic pain on the Kim regime in Pyongyang.
Now, a British citizen of Libyan descent, Salman Abedi, has inflicted the most grievous pain on the place that raised him.
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INFLICT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inflict for English Language Learners
: to cause someone to experience or be affected by (something unpleasant or harmful)
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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