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  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of inflict.


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  • The notion that all suffering Israel inflicts is “caused” by the Palestinians is incredibly revealing.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Birnbaum on Human Rights Watch and Israel

  • I think whatever pain and destruction Israel inflicts is “caused” by Hamas’s decision to be at war with Israel.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Birnbaum on Human Rights Watch and Israel

  • But for the suffering which a harsh word inflicts upon a delicate mind he had no pity; for it was a kind of suffering which he could scarcely conceive.

    Famous Reviews

  • The moment comes, however, when Michael's sword inflicts so deep a wound in Satan's side that, for the first time, he experiences pain.

    The Book of the Epic

  • The sword inflicts more pain, and is less efficient than the pen.

    The English Utilitarians, Volume I.

  • Unfortunately, the damage this innocuous sounding word inflicts can be as vicious as a knife in the back. stories: News

  • For the families left to languish in the misery and debt that poverty inflicts, that is a tragedy. "

    Health News from Medical News Today

  • But others must choose to provide intelligence because they oppose Hamas, whose extremism inflicts poverty, suffering and now death on the civilian population for the sake of launching mostly ineffectual rockets into Israel.

    Matthew Yglesias » Time Machine

  • The most famous sportswriter of his day, Grantland Rice, described Louis in the ring going after an opponent "as the black panther of the jungle stalks its prey ... [he] accepts and inflicts pain without a change of expression" — and, the implication was clear, without human feeling.

    The Standard Bearer

  • In other words, the fighting that inflicts agony onscreen in The Thin Red Line as a necessary response to brute force is charted as the outcome of the simple Oedipal rivalries between fathers and sons for the affection of wives and mothers and still more variations on the Cain and Abel themes dividing brothers in the competition for the affection of fathers.

    G. Roger Denson: Terrence Malick's Tree of Life Plays Garden of Eden to the Family of Man


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