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torture

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of torture

  1. 1 a situation or state that causes great suffering and unhappiness it's torture for me to see you so unhappy Synonyms of torture agony, Gehenna, horror, misery, murder, nightmare, torment, hellWords Related to torture affliction, calvary, cross, curse, ordeal, trial, tribulation; calamity, misfortune, tragedy; gall, thorn; bummer, downer, dragNear Antonyms of torture delight, diversion, entertainment, fun, joy, pleasure, recreation; lark, picnic, riotAntonyms of torture heaven, paradise

  2. 2 a state of great suffering of body or mind spent an afternoon in torture waiting to hear whether her brother had made it home safely Synonyms of torture affliction, agony, anguish, excruciation, hurt, misery, pain, rack, strait(s), torment, distress, travail, tribulation, woeWords Related to torture 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 torture comfort, consolation, solace; alleviation, assuagement, ease, relief; peace, security; well-being


torture

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of torture

  1. 1 to cause persistent suffering to the neighbor's dog constantly tortures our cat, barking at him and chasing him down the street Synonyms of torture agonize, anguish, bedevil, beset, besiege, curse, excruciate, harrow, persecute, plague, rack, torment, afflictWords Related to torture 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 torture abet, aid, assist, help; deliver, release, relieve, reprieve; comfort, console, content, quiet, solace, soothe, succor

  2. 2 to twist (something) out of a natural or normal shape or condition tortured her naturally straight hair into curls Synonyms of torture deform, distort, misshape, screw, squinch, contort, warpWords Related to torture deface, disfigure; wrench, wrest, wring; coil, curl, loop, spiral, twine, wind, wreatheNear Antonyms of torture straighten, unbend, uncurl

Synonym Discussion of torture

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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