inflict - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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/ɪnˈflɪkt/
present tense
I/you/we/theyinflict
he/she/itinflicts
present participleinflicting
past tenseinflicted
past participleinflicted
  1. to cause something unpleasant to happen

    Such a policy would inflict severe hardship and suffering.

    inflict something on someone/something:

    the environmental damage we are inflicting on the Earth

derived word

infliction

  noun [uncountable]