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They can do a great deal of harm,--inflict a great deal of suffering.

The greatest wrong you can inflict upon me will be inflicted by your desertion.

I am unacquainted with the nature of all the papers she received, but I well remember the agony they seemed to inflict on her.

Perhaps the blow which it will inflict upon you will make of you the woman you ought to be.

Well, I really never intended to inflict all this upon you, Bertie.

Then I must say that your father is pleased to inflict many lords and masters on you.

All the captain hoped for was a chance to inflict the damage.

I suspect that not alone do you neglect a duty, but that you inflict a wrong.

I 'm not going to inflict you with my own opinions on this theme.

Now for what I have some scruples to inflict on you, but I can't help it.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, from Latin inflictus, past participle of infligere "to strike or dash against," from in- "on, against" (see in- (2)) + fligere (past participle flictus) "to dash, strike" (see afflict). You inflict trouble on someone; you afflict someone with trouble. Shame on you.

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