tormentor

noun

tor·​men·​tor tȯr-ˈmen-tər How to pronounce tormentor (audio) ˈtȯr-ˌmen- How to pronounce tormentor (audio)
variants or less commonly tormenter
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 Song Hye-kyo plays Moon Dong-eun, the emotionally (and physically) scarred protagonist, in a moving, at times disturbing performance as Dong-eun orchestrates her revenge plot against her tormentors 20 years later. TIME, 27 Dec. 2023 Their tormentors blasted open the shutters and threw grenades inside. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 Their tormentors have also called in false bomb threats to venues using their names in three states. Jacob Ward, NBC News, 29 June 2023 The world is learning from Gazans how to broadly love their families, their neighbors and even their tormentors. Doris Bittar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Dec. 2023 Episode 6: Charlie stands up to Harry Stayed: On the last night of the Paris trip, Darcy throws Tara a birthday bash, which is interrupted when Harry, Nick’s ex-friend and one of Charlie’s frequent tormentors, shows up. Malia Mendez, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2023 Be prepared, as you may be gaslit by your tormentor. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The designation would follow people like my daughter’s tormentors through the college application process and into the job market. Gail Cornwall, Good Housekeeping, 19 Aug. 2023 Eventually, after many more awful happenings, Dae-su’s tormentor is revealed to be the billionaire businessman Lee Woo-jin (a bone-chilling Yoo Ji-tae). Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Tormentor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tormentor. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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