in·​flic·​tion in-ˈflik-shən How to pronounce infliction (audio)
: the act of inflicting
: something (such as punishment or suffering) that is inflicted

Examples of infliction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lawsuit alleges false arrest and imprisonment, malicious prosecution, violations of Michigan civil rights law and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Andrea May Sahouri, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2023 Specifically, Picard is suing Cosby for battery, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 4 Aug. 2023 Manson, 54, whose real name is Brian Hugh Warner, sued Wood and Gore in March 2022, alleging defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of the Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act and impersonation over the internet. Nardine Saadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2023 The suit, which alleges negligent infliction of emotional distress, seeks unspecified damages from the companies as well as the cost of their legal fees. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 16 Aug. 2023 In addition to criminal charges and the civil lawsuit from Hutchins' parents and sister, Baldwin and the film's producers are also involved in another case, alleging negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, filed by three crew members. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 17 Apr. 2023 Jane Doe is suing Howard for invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Mark Heim |, al, 18 Aug. 2023 Lawsuit alleges gross negligence during delivery According to the suit, which alleges gross negligence, fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress, the baby got stuck during delivery, but St. Julian slowed a surgical procedure and failed to seek help quickly. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2023 The lawsuit, filed on March 6 of this year, alleges retaliation, slander, intentional infliction of emotional damage and supervisory liability, according to the complaint reviewed by PEOPLE. Corin Cesaric, Peoplemag, 28 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of infliction was in 1534

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“Infliction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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