follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

inflict

[in-flikt] /ɪnˈflɪkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to impose as something that must be borne or suffered:
to inflict punishment.
2.
to impose (anything unwelcome):
The regime inflicted burdensome taxes on the people.
3.
to deal or deliver, as a blow.
Origin of inflict
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin inflīctus past participle of inflīgere to strike or dash against, equivalent to in- in-2 + flīg- (stem of flīgere to beat down) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
inflictable, adjective
inflicter, inflictor, noun
inflictive, adjective
preinflict, verb (used with object)
uninflicted, adjective
Can be confused
afflict, infect, inflict.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for inflicted
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • It is an operation by no means over-pleasant to the person on whom it is inflicted.

    My First Cruise W.H.G. Kingston
  • Fifty lashes is a maximum punishment, inflicted only for the gravest crimes.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • What punishments have been inflicted on you by the governor?

  • As she smiled and listened, Evelyn dreamed not of the anguish she inflicted.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • For Moses now proceeds to record the punishments which were inflicted of God on this fratricide.

British Dictionary definitions for inflicted

inflict

/ɪnˈflɪkt/
verb (transitive)
1.
often foll by on or upon. to impose (something unwelcome, such as pain, oneself, etc)
2.
(rare) to cause to suffer; afflict (with)
3.
to deal out (blows, lashes, etc)
Derived Forms
inflictable, adjective
inflicter, inflictor, noun
infliction, noun
inflictive, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin inflīgere to strike (something) against, dash against, from flīgere to strike
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for inflicted

inflict

v.

1560s, from Latin inflictus, past participle of infligere "to strike or dash against," from in- "on, against" (see in- (2)) + fligere (past participle flictus) "to dash, strike" (see afflict). You inflict trouble on someone; you afflict someone with trouble. Shame on you.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for inflict

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for inflicted

15
18
Scrabble Words With Friends