inflict
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ɪnˈflɪkt/
Verb

inflict (inflicts, present participle inflicting; past and past participle inflicted)

  1. To thrust upon; to impose.
    They inflicted terrible pains on her to obtain a confession.
    • 1937, Josephus; Ralph Marcus, transl., chapter VIII, in Josephus: With an English Translation (Loeb Classical Library), volume VI (Jewish Antiquities), London: William Heinemann Ltd.; Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, published 1958, OCLC 768288966 ↗, book IX, paragraph 1, page 87 ↗:
      Now Azaēlos, the king of Syria, made war on the Israelites and their king Jehu#English|Jehu, and ravaged the eastern parts of the country across the Jordan […] spreading fire everywhere and plundering everything and inflicting violence on all who fell into his hands.
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