To give, cause, or produce by striking, or as if by striking; to apply forcibly; to lay or impose; to send; to cause to bear, feel, or suffer; as, to inflict blows; to inflict a wound with a dagger; to inflict severe pain by ingratitude; to inflict punishment on an offender; to inflict the penalty of death on a criminal.
We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict. Jim Morrison
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever. Thomas A. Edison
There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies. Denis Diderot
The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all. Niccolo Machiavelli
Reality is never as bad as a nightmare, as the mental tortures we inflict on ourselves. Sammy Davis, Jr.