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Source : Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Infliction \In*flic"tion\, n. [L. inflictio: cf. F. infliction.]
   1. The act of inflicting or imposing; as, the infliction of
      torment, or of punishment.

   2. That which is inflicted or imposed, as punishment,
      disgrace, calamity, etc.

            His severest inflictions are in themselves acts of
            justice and righteousness.            --Rogers.

Source : WordNet®

     n 1: the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo) [syn:
     2: an act causing pain or damage
     3: something or someone that causes trouble; a source of
        unhappiness; "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got
        a dish washer"; "a bit of a bother"; "he's not a friend,
        he's an infliction" [syn: {annoyance}, {bother}, {botheration},
         {pain}, {pain in the neck}, {pain in the ass}]
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