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

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Gersh is suing Anglin for invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violation of Montana's Anti-Intimidation Act. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Judge rejects neo-Nazi’s First Amendment argument in harassment case," 15 Nov. 2018 In February, Fernandez pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, admitting that her son’s killing was intentional and involved the infliction of torture. Marisa Gerber,, "'Horrendous, inhumane and nothing short of evil': Judge sentences mother to life in prison and her boyfriend to death in Gabriel Fernandez murder case," 7 June 2018 Such claims would probably include negligence, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Michael Mccann,, "Examining Sterling Brown's Legal Options After Milwaukee Arrest Video Release," 23 May 2018 The lawsuit accuses Ripley Entertainment and the other defendants of negligence, product liability, outrageous conduct, wrongful death, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. Fox News, "Lawsuit filed in deadly Missouri duck boat sinking seeks $100 million," 30 July 2018 The suit alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation. Fox News, "Woman sues diocese, alleges 'smear' effort over abuse claims," 13 Sep. 2018 In November 2009, Pellegrino and Waldman filed a civil lawsuit against the TSA and the officers alleging property damage, false arrest, malicious prosecution, civil conspiracy, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Court: TSA officers immune from most checkpoint lawsuits," 11 July 2018 For its part, a claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress would focus on the depiction of the officers as engaging in outrageous conduct. Michael Mccann,, "Examining Sterling Brown's Legal Options After Milwaukee Arrest Video Release," 23 May 2018 In America, the willful infliction of trauma against children is not acceptable. Amy B Wang,, "Officials blast Trump policy after visiting detained immigrants," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of infliction

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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