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rack

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of rack

  1. 1 a place set aside for sleeping the clock struck midnight, signaling that it was time to hit the rack Synonyms of rack bunk, doss [chiefly British], hay [slang], kip, lair [British dialect], pad, bed, sackWords Related to rack bedstead, futon, mattress, pallet; bunk bed, cot, couch, daybed, feather bed, four-poster, hammock, Murphy bed, shakedown, sleigh bed, sofa, sofa bed, studio couch, trundle bed, water bed; bassinet, carry-cot [British], cradle, crib

  2. 2 a state of great suffering of body or mind after experiencing the rack of a divorce, he was reluctant to commit to another relationship Synonyms of rack affliction, agony, anguish, excruciation, hurt, misery, pain, distress, strait(s), torment, torture, travail, tribulation, woeWords Related to rack discomfort; cross, crucible, trial; heartache, heartbreak, joylessness, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness; emergency, pinch; asperity, difficulty, hardship, rigor; ache, pang, smarting, soreness, stitch, throe, twinge; danger, jeopardy, troubleNear Antonyms of rack comfort, consolation, solace; alleviation, assuagement, ease, relief; peace, security; well-being


rack

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of rack

  1. 1 to cause persistent suffering to the young man was racked with guilt over the lie he had told to his parents Synonyms of rack agonize, anguish, bedevil, beset, besiege, curse, excruciate, harrow, persecute, plague, afflict, torment, tortureWords Related to rack assail, attack; badger, dog, hound, pursue, ride; aggravate, agitate, annoy, bother, bug, chafe, distress, disturb, exasperate, gall, get, grate, gripe, hagride, harass, harry, irk, irritate, molest, nettle, peeve, pester, pique, put out, rasp, rile, vex; discomfort, discompose, disquiet, fluster, grieve, perturb, strain, stress, trouble, try, upset, worry; crush, oppress, overpower, overwhelm, smite, strike, tyrannize, victimize; hurt, pain, pang, prick, smart, stab, sting, wring; martyrNear Antonyms of rack abet, aid, assist, help; deliver, release, relieve, reprieve; comfort, console, content, quiet, solace, soothe, succor

  2. 2 to injure by overuse, misuse, or pressure she racked her brain trying to remember where she'd put the money Synonyms of rack pull, strain, stretch, wrenchWords Related to rack fray, tax, weaken; damage, harm, hurt, impair, wound; batter, bruise, tear; cripple, lame, mangle, mutilate

Synonym Discussion of rack

afflict, try, torment, torture, rack mean to inflict on a person something that is hard to bear. afflict is a general term and applies to the causing of pain or suffering or of acute annoyance, embarrassment, or any distress.
    • ills that afflict the elderly
try suggests imposing something that strains the powers of endurance or of self-control.
    • children often try their parents' patience
torment suggests persecution or the repeated inflicting of suffering or annoyance.
    • a horse tormented by flies
torture adds the implication of causing unbearable pain or suffering.
    • tortured by a sense of guilt
rack stresses straining or wrenching.
    • a body racked by pain


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