from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To deal or mete out (something punishing or burdensome); impose: inflicted heavy losses on the enemy; a storm that inflicted widespread damage.
- transitive v. To afflict.
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- v. To thrust upon; to impose.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lay on or impose as something that must be borne or suffered; cause to be suffered: as, to inflict punishment on offenders; to inflict a penalty on transgressors.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. impose something unpleasant
Latin īnflīgere, īnflīct- : in-, on; see in-2 + flīgere, to strike.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)