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
Examples of inflict in a Sentence
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.
I had a callous and inexcusable lack of awareness and insensitivity to the pain my behavior could inflict on others.
My biggest concern here is that the more we frame this debate with vitriol, the more likely we inflict severe damage for the Jewish community.
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