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inflict

in·flict

inflict

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn flIkt
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: inflicted, inflicting, inflicts
definition 1: to strike or administer in a physical assault.
We shall inflict a heavy blow on our enemies.The scorpion can inflict a painful sting.
synonyms:
deal, deliver, visit
similar words:
give, hit, smite, strike, wreak
definition 2: to impose (something unpleasant).
The government will inflict punishment on the traitors.Do you have to inflict that awful music on us?
synonyms:
impose, lay, wreak
similar words:
administer, execute, perpetrate, visit
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derivations: inflictive (adj.), inflicter (inflictor) (n.)
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