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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And once again, the Patriots are the tormentors of the Raiders. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Antonio Brown tantrums his way off Raiders and onto Patriots," 7 Sep. 2019 WSJ Mugabe Death Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s liberator turned tormentor, is dead at 95. David Meyer, Fortune, "Designing a Sustainable Future: CEO Daily," 6 Sep. 2019 As the boy’s skin flushes red, his tormentors see blood. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Murder Italian Style," 19 Aug. 2019 With memorable home wins over Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, along with a historic victory away at Tottenham, the Wanderers were last season’s tormentors of the big six., "Wolverhampton Wanderers 2019/20 Season Preview: Strengths, Weaknesses, Key Man & Predictions," 6 Aug. 2019 Still grieving, Mason finds solace in a new friendship with little Calvin Chumsky and with a wonderful dog that unfortunately belongs to Mason’s chief tormentor at school. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Heavyweight Contenders," 22 Nov. 2018 Red Summer also marked a new era of black resistance to white injustice, with African Americans standing up in unprecedented numbers and killing some of their tormentors. Washington Post, "Hundreds of black deaths in Red Summer ignored century later," 23 July 2019 These are the Sixers of trash-talking, front-runner Joel Embiid, and 3-pointer-allergic Ben Simmons, of tormentor Andrew Toney and bruising Moses Malone. Chad Finn,, "You can’t blame Al Horford for taking the money, but why, oh why, did it have to be the Sixers, Al?," 1 July 2019 The males stood upright and charged at their tormentors, swinging their arms over their heads. National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of tormentor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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