AskDefine | Define infliction

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1 the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo) [syn: imposition]
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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  1. The act of inflicting or something inflicted; an imposition


The act of inflicting or something inflicted; an imposition

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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