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torment

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of torment

  1. 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 Synonyms of torment agony, Gehenna, horror, misery, murder, nightmare, hell, tortureWords Related to torment affliction, calvary, cross, curse, ordeal, trial, tribulation; calamity, misfortune, tragedy; gall, thorn; bummer, downer, dragNear Antonyms of torment delight, diversion, entertainment, fun, joy, pleasure, recreation; lark, picnic, riotAntonyms of torment heaven, paradise

  2. 2 a state of great suffering of body or mind was in torment for weeks after he broke up with his girlfriend Synonyms of torment affliction, agony, anguish, excruciation, hurt, misery, pain, rack, strait(s), distress, torture, travail, tribulation, woeWords Related to torment 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 torment comfort, consolation, solace; alleviation, assuagement, ease, relief; peace, security; well-being

  3. 3 a source of persistent emotional distress insomnia that was caused by a host of nighttime torments Synonyms of torment affliction, hang-up, terror, demonWords Related to torment bête noire, bogey (also bogie or bogy), bugaboo, bugbear, hobgoblin, ogre


torment

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of torment

Synonym Discussion of torment

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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