tormentor

noun
tor·​men·​tor | \ tȯr-ˈmen-tər , ˈtȯr-ˌmen- \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of tormentor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Tom Bower, an investigative journalist, had been Maxwell’s chief tormentor for years. Les Hinton, WSJ, "Five Best: Les Hinton on the Giants of the Press," 28 Dec. 2018 His Democratic tormentors, including California’s 85-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein, don’t want the drama to end. George Melloan, WSJ, "Is ‘First, Kill All the Lawyers’ the Democrats’ New Credo?," 12 Oct. 2018 After four down years, the Braves are back and ready to reprise their role of perpetual Mets tormentor, a position Atlanta held during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "‘Nobody’s Happy’ After the Mets Waste Another Great Jacob deGrom Start," 13 June 2018 As the heroine faces down the man who may or may not be her former tormentor–played, with unnerving innocuousness, by Joshua Leonard–Soderbergh makes clever use of wide-angle lenses to tease out shivers of paranoia. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Unsane Is a Big Thriller Filmed on a Small Phone," 22 Mar. 2018 In this bleak, dystopic debut novel, a young boy flees his tormentors and family’s betrayal into a parched, unnamed land. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine,’ ‘The Fact of a Body’," 6 July 2018 The winning rally came after Hanley Ramirez, who has ably replaced David Ortiz as a Yankee tormentor, blasted a two-run homer off Chad Green to put the Red Sox ahead, 6-5, in the seventh inning. New York Times, "Brett Gardner Finally Joins the Party as the Yankees Surge Into First Place," 9 May 2018 Laurence Fishburne plays Ike Turner, her husband and tormentor. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Dateline’ With Andrea Constand and ‘800 Words’," 1 June 2018 Inside the classroom, her chief tormentor is an impossibly disruptive student named Malik (Adda Senani). Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Isabelle Huppert gets pyrotechnic in the enjoyably screw-loose 'Mrs. Hyde'," 21 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tormentor.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of tormentor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tormentor

Statistics for tormentor

Last Updated

4 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for tormentor

The first known use of tormentor was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on tormentor

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with tormentor

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for tormentor

Spanish Central: Translation of tormentor

Nglish: Translation of tormentor for Spanish Speakers

Comments on tormentor

What made you want to look up tormentor? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

excited commotion or publicity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!