verb (used with object)
to impose as something that must be borne or suffered:
to inflict punishment.
to impose (anything unwelcome):
The regime inflicted burdensome taxes on the people.
to deal or deliver, as a blow.
often foll by on or upon. to impose (something unwelcome, such as pain, oneself, etc)
(rare) to cause to suffer; afflict (with)
to deal out (blows, lashes, etc)
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.
[in-flahyt] /ˈɪnˌflaɪt/ adjective 1. done, served, or shown during an air voyage: an in-flight movie. adjective 1. provided during flight in an aircraft: in-flight meals adj. also in-flight, “during a flight,” 1945, from in + flight.
[in-flahyt] /ˈɪnˌflaɪt/ adjective 1. done, served, or shown during an air voyage: an in-flight movie. adjective 1. provided during flight in an aircraft: in-flight meals
[in-flaw-res-uh ns, -floh-, -fluh-] /ˌɪn flɔˈrɛs əns, -floʊ-, -flə-/ noun 1. a flowering or blossoming. 2. Botany. /ˌɪnflɔːˈrɛsəns/ noun 1. the part of a plant that consists of the flower-bearing stalks 2. the arrangement of the flowers on the stalks 3. the process of flowering; blossoming n. 1760, from Modern Latin inflorescentia, from Late Latin […]
[in-floh] /ˈɪnˌfloʊ/ noun 1. something that in; influx. /ˈɪnˌfləʊ/ noun 1. something, such as a liquid or gas, that flows in 2. the amount or rate of flowing in 3. Also called inflowing. the act of flowing in; influx n. 1839, from in + flow (n.).