Part of speech: verb

To lay on; impose.

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Usage examples "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", 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", George Goodchild.
  3. We will not inflict on the reader all the conversation that ensued. - "Jeff Benson, or the Young Coastguardsman", R.M. Ballantyne.