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.

  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

  2. 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

  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

How to pronounce inflict?

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How to say inflict in sign language?

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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. Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher:

    The aim was to inflict the largest number of casualties.

  2. Robert Morley:

    Anyone who works is a fool. I don't work - I merely inflict myself upon the public.

  3. Thucydides:

    The sufferings that fate inflicts on us should be borne with patience, what enemies inflict with manly courage.

  4. Mark Herring:

    I had a callous and inexcusable lack of awareness and insensitivity to the pain my behavior could inflict on others.

  5. Greg Rosenbaum:

    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.

Images & Illustrations of inflict

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