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tr.v. in·flict·ed, in·flict·ing, in·flicts
1. To cause (something injurious or harmful), as to a person, group, or area: claws that inflicted a deep wound; an attack that inflicted heavy losses; a storm that inflicted widespread damage.
2. To force to undergo or experience (something unwanted): "the piano lessons he inflicted on his son" (Christopher Miller).
3. To deal or deliver (a blow, for example).

[Latin īnflīgere, īnflīct- : in-, on; see in-2 + flīgere, to strike.]

in·flict′er, in·flic′tor n.
in·flic′tive adj.
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He had never seen such a fat boy, in or out of a travelling caravan; and this, coupled with the calmness and repose of his appearance, so very different from what was reasonably to have been expected of the inflicter of such knocks, smote him with wonder.
But, I would make the ban extremely narrow to pain inflicted without any type of benefit to humans (outside of the jollies of the pain inflicter) [sic].