In·flict v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inflicted; p. pr. & vb. n. Inflicting.] To give, cause, or produce by striking, or as if by striking; to apply forcibly; to lay or impose; to send; to cause to bear, feel, or suffer; as, to inflict blows; to inflict a wound with a dagger; to inflict severe pain by ingratitude; to inflict punishment on an offender; to inflict the penalty of death on a criminal.
What heart could wish, what hand inflict, this dire disgrace? --Drygen.
The persecution and the pain
That man inflicts on all inferior kinds. --Cowper.