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torture

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1 a situation or state that causes great suffering and unhappiness
  • it's torture for me to see you so unhappy

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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

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torture

verb

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1 to cause persistent suffering to
  • the neighbor's dog constantly tortures our cat, barking at him and chasing him down the street

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2 to twist (something) out of a natural or normal shape or condition
  • tortured her naturally straight hair into curls

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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 torture was in 1540

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“Torture.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/torture. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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