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Inflict


INFLICT', verb transitive [Latin inflictus, infligo; in and fligo, to strike; Eng. to flog.]

To lay on; to throw or send on; to apply; as, to inflict pain or disgrace; to inflict punishment on an offender.

To inflict an office, condition, knowledge, tenderness, etc. on one, as used by Chesterfield, is not an authorized use of the word.