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torture

noun

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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
  • Liz 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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