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inflict

verb

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to cause someone to accept or experience something unwanted
  • The criminal inflicted a lifetime of distress on his unsuspecting victims.

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The first known use of inflict was in 1566

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“Inflict.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/inflict. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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