infliction infliction  /ɪnf ˈlɪk ʃən/


  1. (n) the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo)
  2. (n) an act causing pain or damage
  3. (n) something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness


  1. This is to be brought home so vividly by the nature of the infliction of punishment that he will feel an inhibition against any attempt to commit new crimes.
  2. The list includes acts such as rape, murder and intentional infliction of bodily harm.
  3. The two sentences come a few months after the infliction of the death penalty in England, and it is noteworthy that public sentiment does not appear to protest.


  1. Surfer shot at during Dorner hunt files lawsuit

    LOS ANGELES — A Southern California surfer who was shot at by Torrance police during the manhunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles suburb and its police department. The suit was filed Monday in federal court by David Perdue and his wife, Lizzette. Allegations include excessive force, false arrest, battery, intentional infliction of emotion distress ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Boston Herald

  2. Giddings Family Files Lawsuit, Hope To Find Daughter's Remains

    MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -- The parents of Mercer Law graduate Lauren Giddings filed a wrongful death lawsuit against their daughter's accused killer, Stephen McDaniel on Monday. In a 23 page suit, William and Karen Giddings filed a complaint for damages for wrongful death, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and unlawful interference with right of burial. In the court filings ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: 41 NBC Macon

  3. Pinal County Sheriff's Office aide sues county

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- A Pinal County Sheriff's Office aide has filed a defamation lawsuit against outgoing County Manager Fritz Behring and Pinal County. The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that Tim Gaffney, director of administration for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, filed the lawsuit last month also citing intentional injury and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Gaffney and the ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: KTVK 3TV Phoenix


  1. "It would be absurd to say you couldn't do that. And once you acknowledge that, we're into a different game" Scalia said. "How close does the threat have to be? And how severe can the infliction of pain be?"
    on Feb 12, 2008 By: Antonin Scalia Source: Reuters

  2. Bertrand Russell wrote, "The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists - that is why they invented hell."
    on Jan 11, 2008 By: Bertrand Russell Source: New York Times

  3. Justice Potter Stewart wrote that the "Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments cannot tolerate the infliction of a sentence of death under legal systems that permit this unique penalty to be so wantonly and so freakishly imposed."
    on Jan 23, 2008 By: Justice Potter Stewart Source: River Cities Reader

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untenable untenable
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