inflict, bring down, visit, impose(verb)
impose something unpleasant
"The principal visited his rage on the students"
To thrust upon; to impose.
They inflicted terrible pains on her to obtain a confession.
Origin: * From Latin infligere, from in-, + fligere, "to strike".
to give, cause, or produce by striking, or as if by striking; to apply forcibly; to lay or impose; to send; to cause to bear, feel, or suffer; as, to inflict blows; to inflict a wound with a dagger; to inflict severe pain by ingratitude; to inflict punishment on an offender; to inflict the penalty of death on a criminal
Origin: [L. inflictus, p. p. of infligere to strike on, to inflict; pref. in- in, on + fligere to strike. Cf. Flail.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in-flikt′, v.t. to lay on: to impose, as punishment.—n. Inflic′tion, act of inflicting or imposing: punishment applied.—adj. Inflict′ive, tending or able to inflict. [L. inflictus, infligĕre—in, against, fligĕre, to strike.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'inflict' in Verbs Frequency: #1076
The numerical value of inflict in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of inflict in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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