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torment

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1 a situation or state that causes great suffering and unhappiness

  • the released soldiers gave interviews trying to explain to civilians the torment that prisoners of war experience
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2 a state of great suffering of body or mind

  • was in torment for weeks after he broke up with his girlfriend
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3 a source of persistent emotional distress

  • insomnia that was caused by a host of nighttime torments
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torment

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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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