in·​flic·​tion | \ in-ˈflik-shən How to pronounce infliction (audio) \

Definition of infliction

1 : the act of inflicting
2 : something (such as punishment or suffering) that is inflicted

Examples of infliction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Following a trial in January, jurors sided decisively with Cardi B, holding Kebe liable for defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Bill Donahue, Billboard, 1 June 2022 Specifically, the lawsuit accuses CommuniCare of wrongful death, pre-death loss of consortium, and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Tony Cook, The Indianapolis Star, 18 May 2022 The 17-page lawsuit, filed in Dallas County Circuit Court last month, alleges excessive force, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery. Ashley Remkus |, al, 18 May 2022 Thomas Weidman, a township trustee, filed a complaint against Christopher Hildebrant, a real estate developer, for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false light invasion of privacy. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 8 June 2022 The lawsuit also accused the defendants of conspiring to deprive Marshall of his rights, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and failure to intervene. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2022 Overall, Minaj’s team claims Hough is looking for financial gain from the lawsuit while Hough maintains her claim of harassment, witness intimidation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress from Minaj and Petty. Alejandra Gularte, Vulture, 9 Dec. 2021 Eventually, jurors held Kebe legally liable on three separate claims from Cardi: defamation, invasion of privacy through portrayal in a false light, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Bill Donahue, Billboard, 4 Mar. 2022 Dershowitz, who counter-sued Giuffre for defamation and infliction of emotional distress, also said the 2009 deal barred her claims. Bob Van Voris, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of infliction

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jun 2022

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“Infliction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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