Etymology
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infliction (n.)

1530s, "act of inflicting;" 1580s, "that which is inflicted," from French infliction (15c.), or directly from Late Latin inflictionem (nominative inflictio) "an inflicting, a striking against," noun of action from past-participle stem of Latin infligere "to strike or dash against" (see inflict).

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Definitions of infliction

infliction (n.)
an act causing pain or damage;
infliction (n.)
the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo);
Synonyms: imposition
infliction (n.)
something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness;
he's not a friend, he's an infliction
Synonyms: annoyance / bother / botheration / pain / pain in the neck / pain in the ass
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