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

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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,, "Isabelle Huppert gets pyrotechnic in the enjoyably screw-loose 'Mrs. Hyde'," 21 June 2018 Both gun-rights advocates and those pushing for gun control agree on these facts but use them to different effect: One side tells women to shun the tool of their tormentor. Ben Wofford, Glamour, "The NRA's Most Wanted Customer: Women," 28 June 2018 All told, prosecutors wrote, the victim made payments totaling $22,350 between November and July of 2016, with his tormentors repeatedly reminding him of his precarious situation. Travis Andersen,, "‘If you are out on the street, then you are a dead man’ — bookie who beat debtor gets 6-year sentence," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of tormentor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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