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[in-flik-shuh n] /ɪnˈflɪk ʃən/
the act of inflicting.
something inflicted, as punishment or suffering.
Origin of infliction
1525-35; < Late Latin inflīctiōn- (stem of inflīctiō). See inflict, -ion
Related forms
preinfliction, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The maleficent power of knots may also be manifested in the infliction of sickness, disease, and all kinds of misfortune.
  • As an example, infliction of emotional distress is often talked about in the press but it isn't what people think.
  • In some ways they're an infliction of punishment before conviction.
  • And that act, the infliction of great harm on innocents, is seen as a great accomplishment of the nation.
  • Step back and ask if your ideology is justifying infliction of pain and whether that is political expedience.
  • So there is a balance between encouraging animal research and being mindful of the infliction of suffering on any level.
  • He alleged intentional infliction of emotional distress, intrusion upon seclusion, and civil conspiracy.
  • Perhaps evil is simply the deliberate infliction of pain, mental and physical, outside the accepted bounds of a society.
  • Such theories attempt to account for the infliction of criminal punishment in all its forms, not simply imprisonment.
  • To enjoy a bullfight one must be indifferent to or must take positive pleasure in the wanton infliction of pain.
Word Origin and History for infliction

1530s, from Late Latin inflictionem (nominative inflictio) "an inflicting, a striking against," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin infligere (see inflict).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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