noun \ˈtr-ˌment\

: extreme physical or mental pain

: something that causes extreme physical or mental pain

Full Definition of TORMENT

:  the infliction of torture (as by rack or wheel)
:  extreme pain or anguish of body or mind :  agony
:  a source of vexation or pain

Examples of TORMENT

  1. No one could understand his inner torment.
  2. After years of torment, she left her husband.
  3. The mosquitoes were a constant torment.

Origin of TORMENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French turment, torment, from Latin tormentum torture; akin to torquēre to twist — more at torture
First Known Use: 14th century


transitive verb \tr-ˈment, ˈtr-ˌ\

: to cause (someone or something) to feel extreme physical or mental pain

Full Definition of TORMENT

:  to cause severe usually persistent or recurrent distress of body or mind to <cattle tormented by flies>
:  distort, twist

Examples of TORMENT

  1. Not knowing where she was tormented him.
  2. <he was tormented by nightmares about the accident>

First Known Use of TORMENT

14th century


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