• WordNet 3.6
    • n infliction an act causing pain or damage
    • n infliction the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo)
    • n infliction something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer","a bit of a bother","he's not a friend, he's an infliction"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Boredom can lead to madness in parrots. When caged by themselves and neglected for long periods of time, these intelligent, sociable birds can easily become mentally ill. Many inflict wounds upon themselves, develop strange tics, and rip out their own feathers. The birds need constant interaction, affection, and mental stimulation; some bird authorities have determined that some parrot breeds have the mental abilities of a 5-year-old human child. Should a neglected parrot go mad, there is little that can be done to restore it to normalcy. In England, there are "mental institutions" for such unfortunate creatures.
    • Infliction That which is inflicted or imposed, as punishment, disgrace, calamity, etc. "His severest inflictions are in themselves acts of justice and righteousness."
    • Infliction The act of inflicting or imposing; as, the infliction of torment, or of punishment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n infliction The act of inflicting or imposing: as, the infliction of punishment.
    • n infliction That which is inflicted; suffering or punishment imposed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Infliction act of inflicting or imposing: punishment applied
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  • John Stuart Mill
    “The disease which inflicts bureaucracy and what they usually die from is routine.”
  • Seneca
    “A foolishness is inflicted with a hatred of itself.”
  • Max Depree
    Max Depree
    “Leaders don't inflict pain -- they share pain.”
  • Walter Russell
    Walter Russell
    “Mediocrity is self-inflicted and genius is self-bestowed.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “The mind is the result of the torments the flesh undergoes or inflicts upon itself.”
  • Joseph De Maistre
    “All pain is a punishment, and every punishment is inflicted for love as much as for justice.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inflictio,: cf. F. infliction,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inflictus, infligĕrein, against, fligĕre, to strike.


In literature:

This punishment may be inflicted in different modes, and under different names.
"The Principles of Masonic Law" by Albert G. Mackey
The very slackness of the Federal pursuit had made them aware that they had inflicted a heavy blow.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
It was last inflicted in London in 1830, and was abolished by law in 1837.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The offences were various, and several punishments were of necessity inflicted.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 1" by David Collins
Lord Linnaeus Clancharlie had inflicted this vexation upon honest men.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
This was immediately resented by the former, who inflicted severe corporal chastisement on the latter.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
With one hand Germany inflicted this unwelcome gift on the Flemings, with the other she banished M.M.
"Through the Iron Bars" by Emile Cammaerts
The wound inflicted by Dunn had at last fulfilled the murderer's purpose.
"An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody)" by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
A further disaster was inflicted on the same day at Mycale.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Death is the highest penalty inflicted by the law.
"The Harp of God" by J. F. Rutherford

In poetry:

Christ's holy seal upon his brow,
Christ's sign upon his breast,
He 'scaped from all the cares and woes
That earth inflicts or manhood knows,
And enter'd with the blest.
"Henry Howard Comstock," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
THY mortal part shou'd sickness chance to seize,
Consider, whence the fi'ry dart was sent,
Consider, who inflicted the disease,
And to what purpose, and with what intent?
"Advice To The Sick" by Rees Prichard
Anguish is always there, lurking at night,
Wakes us like a scourge, the creeping sweat
As rage is remembered, self-inflicted blight.
What is it in us we have not mastered yet?
"(From) The Invocation to Kali " by May Sarton
Again what I felt, when in languishing posture
You heard from another the tale that he loved,
'Twas a pang so sublim'd, of such exquisite torture,
As tyrants inflict not, nor victims have prov'd.
"The Reply" by Charlotte Dacre
But glass and lines must be
No means our firm substantial love to keep ;
Near death inflicts this lethargy,
And this I murmur in my sleep ;
Inpute this idle talk, to that I go,
For dying men talk often so.
"A Valediction of my Name in the Window" by John Donne
No. Penance, Lilia;
Such penance as the saints of old inflicted
Upon their quivering flesh. Folly, I know;
As a lord would exalt himself, by making
His willing servants into trembling slaves!
Yet I have borne it.
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald

In news:

'Mad Men' finale: The self-inflicted sadness of Don Draper .
Shirakawa left few clues on how soon the BOJ will next ease policy but warned of the pain a strong yen was inflicting on the export-reliant economy, signaling readiness to act again should Japan slip deeper into recession.
Even two weeks later, nearly everyone has some kind of story to tell about Hurricane Sandy and the havoc it inflicted on Westport and their lives.
The gas shortages in the northeast, the result of Superstorm Sandy, is inflicting plenty of pain.
OGDEN — The man who exchanged gunfire with police in his home Sunday morning died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The woman who called her guardian Wednesday night to report that she had shot her husband and planned to kill herself is now expected to survive her self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, Wichita police said Friday.
These monsters living among us inflict the most unimaginable harm upon the innocent to satisfy their perverse desir...
Two people were killed when a gunman opened fire on holiday shoppers at a mall outside Portland, Ore. Sheriff's deputies said the gunman later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
View full size AP file Administrating over an increasingly wayward "bounty" hunt while inflicting damage on the NFL shield with a bizarre lockout of referees.
Dale Means, 23, died Nov 18 of injuries inflicted by an improvised explosive device, according to the New Prague Times.
Orioles inflict damage as Sox turn their attention to the division chase.
The devastation inflicted on Haiti's people by the January 12 earthquake is all too apparent.
It's difficult to describe the punishment this form of racing inflicts on vehicles.
Former All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, Oceanside (Calif.) police told reporters outside his home Wednesday.
Three weeks after Hurricane Sandy bruised the city, it appears many sellers in Manhattan's Zone A — the part of the borough where the heaviest flooding was expected, and where much damage was inflicted — are putting their plans on pause.