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Definition of "infliction" []

  • The act or process of imposing or meting out something unpleasant. (noun)
  • Something, such as punishment, that is inflicted. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "infliction" in a sentence
  • "And, where intentional infliction is largely duplicative of a defamation claim, it must have the same standards – falsity and requisite intent – otherwise “intentional infliction” could end up like English defamation, where falsity is not a requirement – and no one wantsthat."
  • "For myself, I could have borne the severest infliction from the pen of the most formidable critic with more fortitude than I bore the cutting up of my first loaf of bread."
  • "Torture is often defined as the infliction of intense pain to punish, coerce, or afford sadistic pleasure."