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

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Examples of tormentor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Vikings have Colts tormentor Yannick Ngakoue (6.5 sacks in eight games against Indianapolis while in Jacksonville) on the roster, but the team’s primary pass rusher, Danielle Hunter, is out with an injury. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 21 things to watch as Colts try to bounce back against Vikings," 19 Sep. 2020 Collins will officially be a linebacker, but his actual position will be quarterback tormentor, a wraith who roams around the defense and lives rent free inside the signal-caller’s head. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Lions' Jamie Collins explains his versatility and production: ‘My stats is through the roof’," 8 Aug. 2020 The most enduring symbol of that series: Manu Ginobili at age 36, weaving his way through traffic in Game 5, giving a stiff-arm to 2013 tormentor Ray Allen before exploding for an out-of-nowhere dunk on Chris Bosh. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Top 10 Spurs moments: No. 1 — They are the champions (again)," 18 May 2020 Andre Drummond outplayed his tormentor, Joel Embiid, on the stat sheet. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons done in by Blake Griffin's stinker of a game vs. 76ers, 125-109," 24 Dec. 2019 Both Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton stonewalled, delayed, denied, and complained endlessly about their partisan tormentors on Capitol Hill. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Republicans Trash Trump on Syria—but Not Ukraine," 10 Oct. 2019 Christ famously did not avenge himself against his tormentors and even more famously saved everyone but himself. Kyle Smith, National Review, "America’s Favorite Movie," 4 Apr. 2020 But the Pistons missed an excellent chance to take advantage of the absence of Pistons tormentor Joel Embiid. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Pistons' Derrick Rose awesome again, but mistakes lead to 117-111 loss to 76ers," 27 Oct. 2019 Yup, your harmless little post-meal breath freshener has been my tormentor for over a decade. Alexandra Jacobs, New York Times, "I Quit Chewing Gum," 20 Jan. 2020

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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 23 Jan. 2021.

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