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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Recent Examples on the Web The problem is, Gerald was my main tormentor from eighth grade all through high school. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Bride’s choice of groomsman brings back haunting memories," 4 Jan. 2020 And while she has been scarred and may never recover, her tormentors have barely been inconvenienced. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "What the Cyprus Gang-Rape Case Can Teach Us," 9 Jan. 2020 Wimpy Greg and his older brother and chief tormentor try to survive their parents’ attempts to have them bond. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 The Bills, however get a shot at their long-time tormentors on Saturday. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Carson Wentz, Doug Marrone among NFL figures facing most pressure in Week 16," 21 Dec. 2019 On the second day of her abduction, former teacher Mary Stauffer learned who her tormentor was: Her former ninth grade math student from 15 years before, Ming Sen Shiue. Greg Hanlon,, "Inside the Miraculous Escape of a Mom and Daughter Held Captive in Closet for 53 Days," 4 Oct. 2019 Dwight Yorke, United’s chief tormentor and future record buy, then scored from the penalty spot after barely more than half an hour., "Alan Hansen's 'You Can't Win Anything With Kids' Comment & Man Utd's 1995 Thumping at Aston Villa," 19 Aug. 2019 Long Live the Red Queen Cheryl, officially over being gaslit, gasses her house full of Roach Bomb spray to smoke—or gas—her tormentor out of their hiding place. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Might Have Finally Revealed Who Appears to Have Killed Jughead," 12 Dec. 2019 When ethnic minorities flee to escape mistreatment, their departure may indeed reward their tormentors. The Economist, "Voting with your feet Why voting with your feet is more effective than a ballot," 14 Nov. 2019

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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 20 Feb. 2020.

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