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torture

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of torture

  1. 1 a situation or state that causes great suffering and unhappiness <it's torture for me to see you so unhappy> Synonyms agony, Gehenna, horror, misery, murder, nightmare, torment, hellRelated Words affliction, calvary, cross, curse, ordeal, trial, tribulation; calamity, misfortune, tragedy; gall, thorn; bummer, downer, dragNear Antonyms delight, diversion, entertainment, fun, joy, pleasure, recreation; lark, picnic, riotAntonyms heaven, paradise

  2. 2 a state of great suffering of body or mind <spent an afternoon in torture waiting to hear whether her brother had made it home safely> Synonyms affliction, agony, anguish, excruciation, hurt, misery, pain, rack, strait(s), torment, distress, travail, tribulation, woeRelated Words discomfort; cross, crucible, trial; heartache, heartbreak, joylessness, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness; emergency, pinch; asperity, difficulty, hardship, rigor; ache, pang, smarting, soreness, stitch, throe, twinge; danger, jeopardy, troubleNear Antonyms comfort, consolation, solace; alleviation, assuagement, ease, relief; peace, security; well-being




torture

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of torture

  1. 1 to cause persistent suffering to <the neighbor's dog constantly tortures our cat, barking at him and chasing him down the street> Synonyms agonize, anguish, bedevil, beset, besiege, curse, excruciate, harrow, persecute, plague, rack, torment, afflictRelated Words assail, attack; badger, dog, hound, pursue, ride; aggravate, agitate, annoy, bother, bug, chafe, distress, disturb, exasperate, gall, get, grate, gripe, hagride, harass, harry, irk, irritate, molest, nettle, peeve, pester, pique, put out, rasp, rile, vex; discomfort, discompose, disquiet, fluster, grieve, perturb, strain, stress, trouble, try, upset, worry; crush, oppress, overpower, overwhelm, smite, strike, tyrannize, victimize; hurt, pain, pang, prick, smart, stab, sting, wring; martyrNear Antonyms abet, aid, assist, help; deliver, release, relieve, reprieve; comfort, console, content, quiet, solace, soothe, succor

  2. 2 to twist (something) out of a natural or normal shape or condition <tortured her naturally straight hair into curls> Synonyms deform, distort, misshape, screw, squinch, contort, warpRelated Words deface, disfigure; wrench, wrest, wring; coil, curl, loop, spiral, twine, wind, wreatheNear Antonyms straighten, unbend, uncurl





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