in-flic-tion / ĭn-flĭk-shən
1. the act of imposing something unpleasant or unwelcome that must be endured
Military necessity does not admit of cruelty – that is, the infliction of suffering for the sake of suffering or for revenge, . . . nor of torture to extort confessions.
Abraham Lincoln, 1809 – 1865
2. something that is imposed on another, such as punishment or suffering
Death comes to the ungodly man as a penal infliction, but to the righteous as a summons to his Father’s palace.
Charles Spurgeon, 1834 – 1892