What does the word inflict mean?

Usage examples for inflict

  1. Her gentle heart could not bear to inflict pain even upon this man who had brought so much suffering to her. – A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties by Charles Major
  2. Was ever physical blow more cruel than this- to inflict insult and guilt of so despicable a nature upon a perfectly innocent man! – Colorado Jim by George Goodchild
  3. We will not inflict on the reader all the conversation that ensued. – Jeff Benson, or the Young Coastguardsman by R.M. Ballantyne