tor·​men·​tor | \ tȯr-ˈmen-tər How to pronounce tormentor (audio) , ˈtȯr-ˌmen- How to pronounce tormentor (audio) \
variants: or less commonly tormenter

Definition of tormentor

1 : one that torments
2 : a fixed curtain or flat on each side of a theater stage that prevents the audience from seeing into the wings

Examples of tormentor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Would the allure of Boba Fett have been as strong if his journey from Star Wars Holiday Special oddity to Han Solo tormentor to sarlacc kibble hadn’t been so abrupt, and forged from so little screen time? Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Dec. 2021 The smaller player faces his tormentor with blood on his face and a sway in his gait. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2021 Jessica then spoke but chose not to look at her tormentor. CBS News, 13 Nov. 2021 Charlie Morton is a teammate turned tormentor in this town, delivering the Houston Astros a 2017 World Series title with a legendary Game 7 performance and denying them a return trip last year as a Tampa Bay Ray. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 26 Oct. 2021 As for Laurie Strode, the babysitter who narrowly escaped his clutches decades ago, she’d been estranged from her family and living on a compound, seemingly awaiting her tormentor’s return. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 14 Oct. 2021 And, perhaps most pressing, is Carmel actually Masha's fake-blue-eyed tormentor, or was that another hallucination? Ew Staff,, 22 Sep. 2021 Aside from a 1978 mug shot, and a few videos found in a raid of a Shining Path safe house, this was the first time that the country had been able to lay eyes on its tormentor, now trapped and humiliated, on display like an animal in a zoo. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2021 That and getting New Mexico up next in continuing preparation for Arkansas, a tormentor of No. 15 Texas (40-21 in a game in which the Longhorns were favored) on Saturday night in Fayetteville, Ark. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of tormentor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tormentor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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