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
People need to realize that there are some critics out there who are willing in inflict real-world harm on anyone suspected of being part of ˜The Wedge. '
There was always the risk that displaying these pictures might again inflict pain and fear on some viewers.
The justification that journalists can offer for the harm they inevitably inflict is to show, through their actions, their understanding that what they do matters and that it should be done with care.
The offense they inflict is a function of how the speaker intends them and how the listener interprets them, with intent and interpretation trapped in subtle feedback loop: Speaker intent is partly determined by the speaker’s belief about how the listener will react, interpretation turns on deciphering what was intended, and so on.
But at Camp X-Ray, especially before ICRC (or International Committee of the Red Cross) arrived, I heard many times the IRF team being told (and telling each other before they went to get a detainee) that it was their time to "get some," which is to say inflict pain, get revenge.
Now, they've got to get us to respond in such fashion that the damage that they can inflict, which is necessarily confined to a specific locale, is spread across the whole country.
Nor will any one of the rulers in the Churches, however highly gifted he may be in point of eloquence, teach doctrines different from these (for no one is greater than the Master); nor, on the other hand, will he who is deficient in power of expression inflict injury on the tradition.
As it is, I tell you to prepare for the heaviest punishment it can inflict, which is, that you be compelled to read some one of the
Wherefore, according to the judgment of the present life the death punishment is inflicted, not for every mortal sin, but only for such as inflict an irreparable harm, or again for such as contain some horrible deformity.
Perhaps it was that I did not want to "inflict" sadness on my Facebook friends, or maybe I am simply not used to sharing something so personal in a very public way like that.