I verb administer a penalty, administer punishment, agitate, agonize, apply, beset, bring about, bring upon, burden, cause, cause to suffer, coerce, commit, deal, disquiet, distress, enforce, force, force upon, give pain, harass, harm, hurt, imponere, impose, impose punishment, inferre, infligere. injure, maltreat, mete out, perform, produce injury, punish, put into force, strike, torment, torture, wound, wreak associated concepts: inflict pain and suffering, inflict punishment II index bait (harass), beat (strike), commit (perpetrate), compel, encumber (hinder), foist, levy, perpetrate

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  • Inflict — In*flict , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inflicted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inflicting}.] [L. inflictus, p. p. of infligere to strike on, to inflict; pref. in in, on + fligere to strike. Cf. {Flail}.] To give, cause, or produce by striking, or as if by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inflict — (v.) 1560s, from L. inflictus, pp. of infligere to strike or dash against, from in on, against (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + fligere (pp. flictus) to dash, strike (see AFFLICT (Cf. afflict)). You inflict trouble on someone; you af …   Etymology dictionary

  • inflict — inflict, afflict Both words are concerned with the suffering of unpleasant circumstances, but they have different constructions. Inflict has the unpleasantness as object, and afflict has the victim: • He knew also that the greater part of the… …   Modern English usage

  • inflict — ► VERB (inflict on) 1) cause (something unpleasant or painful) to be suffered by. 2) impose (something unwelcome) on. DERIVATIVES infliction noun. ORIGIN Latin infligere strike against …   English terms dictionary

  • inflict — [v] impose something administer, apply, bring upon, command, deal out, deliver, dispense, exact, expose, extort, force, force upon, give, give it to*, lay down the law*, levy, mete out, require, stick it to*, strike, subject, visit, wreak;… …   New thesaurus

  • inflict — [in flikt′] vt. [< L inflictus, pp. of infligere, to strike or beat against < in , on, against + fligere, to strike < IE base * bhlīg̑ , to strike > Welsh blif, catapult] 1. to give or cause (pain, wounds, etc.) by or as by striking;… …   English World dictionary

  • inflict — 01. Our army has [inflicted] heavy casualties on the enemy. 02. She thinks that hunters should be forbidden from [inflicting] suffering upon animals for sport. 03. When parrots are caged for a long time, the boredom can drive them crazy, with the …   Grammatical examples in English

  • inflict — UK [ɪnˈflɪkt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms inflict : present tense I/you/we/they inflict he/she/it inflicts present participle inflicting past tense inflicted past participle inflicted to cause something unpleasant to happen Such a policy… …   English dictionary

  • inflict — v. (D; tr.) to inflict on (to inflict heavy losses on the enemy) * * * [ɪn flɪkt] (D;tr.) to inflict on (to inflict heavy losses on the enemy) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • inflict — in|flict [ınˈflıkt] v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of infligere, from fligere to hit ] 1.) [T] to make someone suffer something unpleasant inflict sth on/upon sb ▪ The strikes inflicted serious damage on the economy. ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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