|Origin:||, past participle of infligere, from fligere 'to hit'|
to make someone suffer something unpleasant
inflict something on/upon somebody
The strikes inflicted serious damage on the economy.
Detectives warned that the men could inflict serious injury.
to visit or be with someone when they do not want you - used humorously:
Was it really fair to her friends to inflict her nephew on them?
—infliction noun [uncountable]
the deliberate infliction of pain