- to afflict with great bodily or mental suffering; pain: to be tormented with violent headaches.
- to worry or annoy excessively: to torment one with questions.
- to throw into commotion; stir up; disturb.
- a state of great bodily or mental suffering; agony; misery.
- something that causes great bodily or mental pain or suffering.
- a source of much trouble, worry, or annoyance.
- an instrument of torture, as the rack or the thumbscrew.
- the infliction of torture by means of such an instrument or the torture so inflicted.
Origin of torment
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Examples from the Web for torment
We are the sick ones who torment trans people every day of their lives.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism
January 3, 2015
Unlike the Cheneys, here is a man whose misdemeanors came to torment him.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab
July 27, 2014
Year after year they have to endure the torment of being required to live up to the role that Ernest Hemingway gave them.Is This Hemingway’s Pamplona or a Lot of Bull?
July 13, 2014
The periodic agony that accompanies sickle cell was joined by the torment of persistent eye infections and repeated surgeries.Killed by Donald Sterling’s Racism
May 14, 2014
But in another letter we hear the director who knows how to evoke that torment from his actor and put it on screen.Elia Kazan Was a Brilliant, Needy Pen Pal
April 30, 2014
You've come to torment us before the time; do cease this noise!Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
The torment was far too racking for such futile fashion of lamentation.
It seemed to relieve the tension drawn by the other woman's torment.
From the top of the narrow staircase to the foot, and he had lived a year's torment!K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The reply of the young man was merely a brief mention of the place of torment.In the Midst of Alarms
- to afflict with great pain, suffering, or anguish; torture
- to tease or pester in an annoying waystop tormenting the dog
- physical or mental pain
- a source of pain, worry, annoyance, etc
- archaic an instrument of torture
- archaic the infliction of torture
Word Origin and History for torment
late 13c., "inflicting of torture," also "state of great suffering," from Old French tourment (11c.), from Latin tormentum "twisted sling, rack," related to torquere "to twist" (see thwart).
late 13c., from Old French tormenter (12c.), from Latin tormentare, from tormentum (see torment (n.)). Related: Tormented; tormenting.