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 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 The moment highlighted an extraordinary turn in Jordan’s career from tormentor of leadership to leader himself — a tacit acknowledgment that in President Trump’s Republican Party, the Lord of the Gadflies now oversees a pretty big kingdom. Washington Post, "Jim Jordan used to torment GOP leadership. Now he’s leading them in defending Trump.," 21 Nov. 2019 Both camps represent a major issue for the Kurds, who have been left to guard their own tormentors while the international community drags its feet in finding a solution. James Longman, ABC News, "Caliphate wives share their stories year after ISIS defeat: Reporter's Notebook," 19 Feb. 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 5 Jul. 2020.

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