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infliction Syllabification: in·flic·tion
Pronunciation: /inˈflikSHən/

Definition of infliction in English:


1The action of inflicting something unpleasant or painful on someone or something: the repeated infliction of pain
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  • 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.
  • It specifies that torture includes only intentional infliction of ‘severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental.’
  • Georgia, coined the phrase ‘unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain.’
1.1 informal, dated A nuisance: what an infliction he must be!
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  • He, too, bore several inflictions, but if they bothered him it did not show.
  • Quite what the South Africans have done to warrant this infliction I'd better not speculate on.
  • If readers thought that was a nefarious scheme, I apologize for any infliction it may have caused.

Words that rhyme with infliction

addiction, affliction, benediction, constriction, conviction, crucifixion, depiction, dereliction, diction, eviction, fiction, friction, interdiction, jurisdiction, malediction, restriction, transfixion, valediction
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