From Latin infligere, from in- + fligere (“to strike”).
inflict (third-person singular simple present inflicts, present participle inflicting, simple past and past participle inflicted)
- To thrust upon; to impose.
They inflicted terrible pains on her to obtain a confession.
1937, Josephus; Ralph Marcus, transl., chapter VIII, in Josephus: With an English Translation (Loeb Classical Library), volume VI (Jewish Antiquities), London: William Heinemann Ltd.; Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, published 1958, OCLC 768288966, book IX, paragraph 1, page 87: Now Azaēlos, the king of Syria, made war on the Israelites and their king Jehu, and ravaged the eastern parts of the country across the Jordan […] spreading fire everywhere and plundering everything and inflicting violence on all who fell into his hands.