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
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The aim was to inflict the largest number of casualties.
Anyone who works is a fool. I don't work - I merely inflict myself upon the public.
The sufferings that fate inflicts on us should be borne with patience, what enemies inflict with manly courage.
It's one of the great paradoxes of our time that the very technologies that empower us to do great good can also be used to undermine us and inflict great harm.
I’ve seen him inflict wounds on himself, cut himself; break his collarbone and not seek any treatment. He’s just totally, totally fearless, and doesn’t respond to pain.
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