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 And if there is some political risk in being seen as the tormentor of a governor — especially a vengeful governor — before potentially offering herself up as his replacement, there is a template for that, too. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2021 Two minutes and 10 seconds later, perpetual Hawks tormentor Cam Atkinson tipped in a goal Jack Roslovic sent cross ice from the wall. Phil Thompson,, 11 Apr. 2021 That Tina Turner managed to survive, never mind eclipse, her tormentor, makes for a great narrative. John Anderson, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2021 An unseen tormentor harasses a reclusive author as a citywide blackout triggers fires, looting and escalating violence during the Summer of Sam in New York in 1977. Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2021 The Vikings have Colts tormentor Yannick Ngakoue (6.5 sacks in eight games against Indianapolis while in Jacksonville) on the roster, but the team’s primary pass rusher, Danielle Hunter, is out with an injury. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Sep. 2020 Collins will officially be a linebacker, but his actual position will be quarterback tormentor, a wraith who roams around the defense and lives rent free inside the signal-caller’s head. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 8 Aug. 2020 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,, 18 May 2020 Andre Drummond outplayed his tormentor, Joel Embiid, on the stat sheet. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, 24 Dec. 2019

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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 29 Jul. 2021.

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