visit (something) upon (one)

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visit (something) upon (one)

To cause or force one to undergo or experience some punishment, misfortune, or burden. Often used in passive constructions. The financial crash visited utter ruin upon the economies of countries around the world. The villagers believed a curse had been visited upon them by a traveler who had passed through a week prior.
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Derrida visits upon all of us, Christian and Jew, religious and secular, left and right, the unsettling news of the radical instability of the categories to which we have such ready recourse and he raises the idea of still deeper idea of ourselves which (religiously?) confesses its lack of categories.
However, by relinquishing control, we submit to the obliterating process that the Other visits upon us, and we are transformed.
Furthermore, the harm caused by superpatriotism isn't only the violence it visits upon enemies but the compromises in liberty that it forces on a nation's citizenry and its friends.