I called to her, but she slipped away with a tormenting smile at my helpless hands, and I followed her with some impatience.
But in its humor is a clear lesson: It is imperative that an exorcist not stoop to the juvenile level of the tormenting fiend.
Banville may tarnish his hero a bit, particularly by tormenting him with alcohol.
The coach of the William McKinley High School Cheerios is a ruthless bully, tormenting both students and teachers alike.
I am a dawn riser, more prone to tormenting the early shift with headline changes than the late-nighters.
He tossed and tumbled and could get no rest, starting with fearful dreams, and horrid visions of tormenting furies.
Tell me, young man, haven't you something on your conscience that is tormenting you?
He would expose his captives naked to the burning sun, anointed with honey, to attract flies, and such other tormenting insects.
A little, dear friend; you know me; always ailing, and tormenting those I love.
The whole of which history is borrowed from Homer, who mentions two vultures engaged in tormenting him.
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.
Gr. basanos (Matt. 4:24), the "touch-stone" of justice; hence inquisition by torture, and then any disease which racks and tortures the limbs.