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Inflict meaning

inflict - 2 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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. 2. To lay on; impose.

inflict - examples of usage

  1. He knows that they are incapable of paying him out, and when he finds them off their guard he will drop down and inflict a blow just for the fun of the thing. - "Afoot in England", W.H. Hudson.
  2. She went over in her mind the punishment she would beg her father to inflict upon them. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
  3. Yes; but it's too late now to help it; and though I think he ought to have spared us this, if he thought there was no hope for him, still I can't bring myself to inflict pain upon him, and the long and the short of it is, I won't. - "A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories", William D. Howells.
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