from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of imposing or meting out something unpleasant.
- n. Something, such as punishment, that is inflicted.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of inflicting or something inflicted; an imposition
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of inflicting or imposing.
- n. That which is inflicted or imposed, as punishment, disgrace, calamity, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of inflicting or imposing: as, the infliction of punishment.
- n. That which is inflicted; suffering or punishment imposed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo)
- n. something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
- n. an act causing pain or damage
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And, where intentional infliction is largely duplicative of a defamation claim, it must have the same standards – falsity and requisite intent – otherwise “intentional infliction” could end up like English defamation, where falsity is not a requirement – and no one wantsthat.
For myself, I could have borne the severest infliction from the pen of the most formidable critic with more fortitude than I bore the cutting up of my first loaf of bread.
Torture is often defined as the infliction of intense pain to punish, coerce, or afford sadistic pleasure.
These people all seem to have the same brain infliction.
This infliction occurs when you sit on your hands all day and do nothing!
Lynching may be correctly described as the infliction of summary punishment for alleged offences, without authority of law; and there is among sane minds common agreement that such lawless violence is an execrable usurpation of ordained legal functions.
"The right again!" sang out the big brute, I obeying without wincing after the first stroke; and so he went on, flaying my poor hands until he had given me six "pandies," as the boys called the infliction, on each, by which time both of my palms were as raw as a piece of ordinary beefsteak, and, I'm certain, far more tender.
He ordered to come at His call the infliction of punishment by "fire" on Israel, that is, drought (compare Am 4: 6-11),
'Oh, atrocious!' it shrieks, in agony, and in anger too, as if the very keenness of the infliction were a proof of its injustice.
Note "non-injurious": in other words the infliction of pain is permissible so long as there is no lasting damage.