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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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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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The first known use of torment was in the 13th century

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“Torment.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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