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1torment

noun tor·ment \ˈtr-ˌment\

: extreme physical or mental pain

: something that causes extreme physical or mental pain

Full Definition of TORMENT

1
:  the infliction of torture (as by rack or wheel)
2
:  extreme pain or anguish of body or mind :  agony
3
:  a source of vexation or pain
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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

2torment

transitive verb tor·ment \tr-ˈment, ˈtr-ˌ\

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

Full Definition of TORMENT

1
:  to cause severe usually persistent or recurrent distress of body or mind to <cattle tormented by flies>
2
:  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

Synonym Discussion of TORMENT

afflict, try, torment, torture, rack mean to inflict on a person something that is hard to bear. afflict is a general term and applies to the causing of pain or suffering or of acute annoyance, embarrassment, or any distress <ills that afflict the elderly>. try suggests imposing something that strains the powers of endurance or of self-control <children often try their parents' patience>. torment suggests persecution or the repeated inflicting of suffering or annoyance <a horse tormented by flies>. torture adds the implication of causing unbearable pain or suffering <tortured by a sense of guilt>. rack stresses straining or wrenching <a body racked by pain>.
TORMENTING Defined for Kids

1torment

verb tor·ment \tr-ˈment\
tor·ment·edtor·ment·ing

Definition of TORMENT for Kids

1
:  to cause severe suffering of body or mind to <Flies tormented the cattle.>
2
:  vex 1, harass <All last year we tormented Webb. Mostly little stuff, like messing with his locker … — Jerry Spinelli, Crash>

2torment

noun tor·ment \ˈtr-ˌment\

Definition of TORMENT for Kids

1
:  extreme pain or distress of body or mind
2
:  a cause of suffering in mind or body <The waiting was torment.>

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