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Inflict definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INFLICT', v.t. [L. inflictus, infligo; in and fligo, to strike; Eng. to flog.]
To lay on; to throw or send on; to apply; as, to inflict pain or disgrace; to inflict punishment on an offender.
To inflict an office, condition, knowledge, tenderness, etc. on one, as used by Chesterfield, is not an authorized use of the word.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: impose something unpleasant; "The principal visited his rage on the students" [syn: inflict, bring down, visit, impose]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb Etymology: Latin inflictus, past participle of infligere, from in- + fligere to strike more at profligate Date: 1566 1. afflict 2. a. to give by or as if by striking <inflict pain> b. to cause (something unpleasant) to be endured <inflict my annual message upon the church Mark Twain> inflicter or inflictor noun inflictive adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. (usu. foll. by on, upon) 1 administer, deal (a stroke, wound, defeat, etc.). 2 (also refl.) often joc. impose (suffering, a penalty, oneself, one's company, etc.) on (shall not inflict myself on you any longer). Derivatives: inflictable adj. inflicter n. inflictor n. Etymology: L infligere inflict- (as IN-(2), fligere strike)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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 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. What heart could wish, what hand inflict, this dire disgrace? --Drygen. The persecution and the pain That man inflicts on infero-ior kinds. --Cowper.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(inflicts, inflicting, inflicted) To inflict harm or damage on someone or something means to make them suffer it. Rebels say they have inflicted heavy casualties on government forces... The dog then attacked her, inflicting serious injuries. VERB: V n on n, V n infliction ...without the unnecessary or cruel infliction of pain. N-UNCOUNT: usu N of n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Impose, lay on.

Moby Thesaurus

accomplish, achieve, administer, afflict, apply, bring, bring about, bring off, bring to pass, bring upon, burden with, charge, commit, deal, deliver, demand, do, do to, effect, effectuate, enjoin, exact, expose, fasten upon, force, force upon, freight with, give, go and do, impose, impose on, impose upon, inflict on, inflict upon, lay, lay on, levy, make, pay, perpetrate, place, produce, pull off, put, put down, put on, put upon, realize, render, saddle with, set, strike, subject, subject to, take and do, task, tax, trouble, up and do, visit, visit upon, weight down with, wreak, wreck, yoke with


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