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torture

1torture

noun tor·ture \ˈtr-chər\

: the act of causing severe physical pain as a form of punishment or as a way to force someone to do or say something

: something that causes mental or physical suffering : a very painful or unpleasant experience

Full Definition of TORTURE

1
a :  anguish of body or mind :  agony
b :  something that causes agony or pain
2
:  the infliction of intense pain (as from burning, crushing, or wounding) to punish, coerce, or afford sadistic pleasure
3
:  distortion or overrefinement of a meaning or an argument :  straining

Examples of TORTURE

  1. Waiting is just torture for me.
  2. Listening to him can be torture.

Origin of TORTURE

Middle French, from Old French, from Late Latin tortura, from Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre to twist; probably akin to Old High German drāhsil turner, Greek atraktos spindle
First Known Use: 1540

Rhymes with TORTURE

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transitive verb

: to cause (someone) to experience severe physical pain especially as a form of punishment or to force that person to do or say something

: to cause (someone) to feel very worried, unhappy, etc.

tor·turedtor·tur·ing \ˈtrch-riŋ, ˈtr-chə-\

Full Definition of TORTURE

1
:  to cause intense suffering to :  torment
2
:  to punish or coerce by inflicting excruciating pain
3
:  to twist or wrench out of shape :  distort, warp
tor·tur·er \ˈtr-chər-ər\ noun

Examples of TORTURE

  1. The report revealed that prisoners had been repeatedly tortured.
  2. Don't torture yourself over the mistake.

First Known Use of TORTURE

1588

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