Definition of infliction in US English:



  • 1The action of inflicting something unpleasant or painful on someone or something.

    ‘the repeated infliction of pain’
    • ‘It specifies that torture includes only intentional infliction of ‘severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental.’’
    • ‘Jones undertakes to examine defamation and related ‘expressive transgressions’ such as invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.’
    • ‘Its essence is the intentional infliction of severe pain or suffering by an official or by someone else with the consent or acquiescence of an official, and the maximum penalty is life imprisonment.’
    • ‘Joy comes not out of infliction of pain on others but out of pain voluntarily borne by oneself.’
    • ‘The deliberate infliction of severe pain on a member of the community of equals, either wantonly or for an alleged benefit to others, is regarded as torture, and is wrong.’
    • ‘That decision recognised a liability for intentional infliction of emotional distress - by its nature an indirect consequence of the defendant's act - which can for that reason be regarded as descended from the action on the case.’
    • ‘The RSPCA believes that current practices in angling do involve infliction of pain and suffering on fish.’
    • ‘This wasn't some boredom induced vandalism, this was deliberate infliction of horrendous pain on one of the most harmless and appealing creatures there is.’
    • ‘Eventually the Deputy Police Commissioner instructed his officers in writing to try to extract the information by means of infliction of pain under medical supervision and subject to prior warning.’
    • ‘Perhaps, for instance, it's proper to derive satisfaction from deprivation of liberty but categorically improper to derive satisfaction from deprivation of life or infliction of physical pain.’
    • ‘The creation of memory, however, is no longer seen as having resulted from the public infliction of physical pain.’
    • ‘Georgia, coined the phrase ‘unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain.’’
    • ‘It had not been suggested by the appellant that there had been intentional infliction on him of pain by a public official.’
    • ‘The doctors said, your Honour, that these injuries would have caused really substantial pain at the time of their infliction.’
    • ‘This provides an intellectual and quasi-moral cover for aggressive class warfare and infliction of pain on the weak.’
    • ‘In terms of the egregious infliction of pain, it would seem that present practices in industrial farming constitute cruelty to animals and beg for regulative attention.’
    • ‘Physical abuse is the willful infliction of physical pain or injury, e.g., slapping, bruising, sexually molesting, or restraining.’
    • ‘It tries to use crude epidemiological models like those used to study disease and applies them to the conscious infliction of violence by human beings.’
    • ‘‘We believe that the conduct of forcing a women to get an abortion falls into intentional infliction of emotional distress,’ Buckley said.’
    • ‘There is, in my mind, something uniquely amoral and corrosive about this kind of coldblooded infliction of pain.’
    inflicting, administering, administration, dealing out, meting out, serving out, delivering, application, applying
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    1. 1.1informal, dated A nuisance.
      ‘what an infliction he must be!’
      • ‘Athlete's foot is another common infliction, and is caused when the acid balance of the skin has become too alkaline.’
      • ‘Quite what the South Africans have done to warrant this infliction I'd better not speculate on.’
      • ‘There are a number of people who can attest to this infliction I have.’
      • ‘He, too, bore several inflictions, but if they bothered him it did not show.’
      • ‘If readers thought that was a nefarious scheme, I apologize for any infliction it may have caused.’
      source of annoyance, source of irritation, annoyance, inconvenience, bore, bother, irritant, problem, difficulty, trouble, trial, burden
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