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. [1913 Webster]

What heart could wish, what hand inflict, this dire disgrace? --Drygen. [1913 Webster]

The persecution and the pain That man inflicts on all inferior kinds. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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