What does the word infliction mean?

Usage examples for infliction

  1. The parents had been too lenient in drawing the line at the infliction of bodily pain. – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  2. Still I can recollect but one instance of corporal punishment, whether the subject were male or female, in which the infliction was not on the bare back with the raw hide, or a similar instrument, the subject being tied during the operation to a post or tree. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  3. Of course, punishment in the sense of the infliction of pain merely because certain actions have been committed, no Determinist would countenance. – Determinism or Free-Will? by Chapman Cohen