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torment

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noun tor·ment \ˈtȯr-ˌment\

Simple Definition of torment

  • : extreme physical or mental pain

  • : something that causes extreme physical or mental pain

Full Definition of torment

  1. 1 :  the infliction of torture (as by rack or wheel)

  2. 2 :  extreme pain or anguish of body or mind :  agony

  3. 3 :  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


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torment

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transitive verb tor·ment \tȯr-ˈment, ˈtȯr-ˌ\

Simple Definition of torment

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

Full Definition of torment

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

  2. 2 :  distort, twist

Examples of torment

  1. Not knowing where she was tormented him.

  2. <he was tormented by nightmares about the accident>



14th Century

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>.


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