What does infliction mean?

infliction meaning in General Dictionary

The act of inflicting or imposing whilst the infliction of torment or of punishment

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  • one thing or somebody that causes difficulty; a source of unhappiness
  • the act of imposing some thing (as a tax or an embargo)
  • an act causing discomfort or harm
  • The work of inflicting or imposing; because, the infliction of torment, or of punishment.
  • That which is inflicted or imposed, as discipline, disgrace, calamity, etc.

infliction meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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


infliction meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) The act of inflicting or imposing; since, the infliction of torment, or of punishment.

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  • (n.) Whatever is inflicted or imposed, as discipline, disgrace, calamity, etc.

Sentence Examples with the word infliction

The act of paying is perhaps the most uncomfortable infliction that the two orchard thieves entailed upon us.

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