What does inflict mean?

Definitions for inflict
ɪnˈflɪktin·flict

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    impose something unpleasant

    "The principal visited his rage on the students"

Wiktionary

  1. inflict(Verb)

    To thrust upon; to impose.

    They inflicted terrible pains on her to obtain a confession.

    Etymology: * 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

    Etymology: [L. inflictus, p. p. of infligere to strike on, to inflict; pref. in- in, on + fligere to strike. Cf. Flail.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inflict

    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, infligĕrein, against, fligĕre, to strike.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inflict in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inflict in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of inflict in a Sentence

  1. Niccolò Machiavelli:

    It should be noted that when he seizes a state the new ruler ought to determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He should inflict them once and for all, and not have to renew them every day.

  2. Sarah Palin:

    What is most disturbing is Twitter's failure to act when Miss Banks actively supported and encouraged her fans to seek out the Palin's personal home address, break in and inflict harm on the Palin family. Especially when it’s now been proven that Twitter was alerted to these threats on their platform and the lengthy history of deranged stalkers with violent intentions who have broken into the Palin family's properties and been arrested, charged and convicted by local and federal authorities. This is not a laughing matter and far crosses the line of freedom of speech.

  3. Vincent Cochetel:

    To leave people who have fled war and violence in Libya on the high seas in this weather would be to inflict suffering upon suffering, they must be immediately allowed to dock, and allowed to receive much-needed humanitarian aid.

  4. The FBI:

    North Korea's actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves, we are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there.

  5. Barack Obama:

    We do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun, at some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this kind of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency. It is in our power to do something about it.

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