inflict pain on

See: plague
References in classic literature ?
She was a hundred times bitterer and more discontented than when he had married her: the one pleasure left her was to inflict pain on him.
All any sort of abuse can teach is, it is fine for a stronger person to inflict pain on a more vulnerable or weaker person.
But bullies seem to lack such empathy, possibly explaining why they can repeatedly inflict pain on others.
The married woman can't leave her husband, the cyber lovers inflict pain on each other, and the tone of their messages quickly devolves from overheated to maudlin.