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 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 This becomes part of a compulsion to repeat the experiences of abuse — as tormentor (enhancing sadism) and simultaneously as victim (enhancing masochism). Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Dr. Leonard Shengold, 94, Psychoanalyst Who Studied Child Abuse, Dies," 4 Feb. 2020 With 37 games played, the Citizens are ahead of their tormentors Manchester United on goal-difference alone, knowing that a win over the strugglers at the Etihad Stadium will secure a maiden Premier League crown., "Manchester City 3-2 QPR: You'll Never See Anything Like This Ever Again," 28 Oct. 2019 The problem is, Gerald was my main tormentor from eighth grade all through high school. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Bride’s choice of groomsman brings back haunting memories," 4 Jan. 2020 And while she has been scarred and may never recover, her tormentors have barely been inconvenienced. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "What the Cyprus Gang-Rape Case Can Teach Us," 9 Jan. 2020 Wimpy Greg and his older brother and chief tormentor try to survive their parents’ attempts to have them bond. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 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 31 Mar. 2020.

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