from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of imposing or meting out something unpleasant.
  • noun Something, such as punishment, that is inflicted.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of inflicting or imposing: as, the infliction of punishment.
  • noun That which is inflicted; suffering or punishment imposed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of inflicting or imposing.
  • noun That which is inflicted or imposed, as punishment, disgrace, calamity, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of inflicting or something inflicted; an imposition

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo)
  • noun something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
  • noun an act causing pain or damage


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