Definitions for inflictɪnˈflɪkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to impose as something that must be borne or suffered:

    to inflict punishment.

  2. to impose (anything unwelcome):

    to inflict a long visit on someone.

  3. to deal or deliver, as a blow.

Origin of inflict:

1520–30; < L inflīctus, ptp. of inflīgere to strike or dash against =in-in -2+flīgere to beat down


Princeton's WordNet

  1. inflict, bring down, visit, impose(verb)

    impose something unpleasant

    "The principal visited his rage on the students"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. inflict(verb)ɪnˈflɪkt

    to cause sb or sth to suffer

    to inflict pain/damage/violence etc. on sb/sth


  1. inflict(Verb)

    To thrust upon; to impose.

    They inflicted terrible pains on her to obtain a confession.

  2. Origin: * From Latin infligere, from in-, + fligere, "to strike".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inflict(verb)

    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

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'inflict' in Verbs Frequency: #1076

Translations for inflict

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(with on ) to give or impose (something unpleasant and unwanted)

Was it necessary to inflict such a punishment on him?; She is always inflicting her company on me.

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