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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Briggs also had moments against Bears tormentors Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, quarterbacks who have led the Packers to nearly 30 years of dominance in the rivalry. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 29, Lance Briggs," 8 Aug. 2019 Embiid’s chief tormentor is now his sidekick, and arguably the most likable player on the Celtics, one who fit the ideal of what a Celtic is supposed be on and off the court, is now trying to help the stinkin’ Sixers hang banners. 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 An upcoming family wedding brings a young woman and her mother face to face once more with their high-school tormentors. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of tormentor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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