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or tormenter

[tawr-men-ter, tawr-men-] /tɔrˈmɛn tər, ˈtɔr mɛn-/
a person or thing that torments.
Theater. a curtain or framed structure behind the proscenium at both sides of the stage, for screening the wings from the audience.
Compare teaser (def 2).
Origin of tormentor
1250-1300; Middle English tormento(u)r < Anglo-French; Old French tormenteor. See torment, -or2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Napoleon clinched his little fist, and turned hotly on his tormentor.

  • Napoleon turned upon his tormentor; "a better man than you, Frenchman!"

  • William Yorke, vouchsafing no reply, broke away from his tormentor.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I was prepared for all this, and was most affable to the tormentor of a traveller's patience.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • She was very angry, but she was determined that her tormentor should not know it.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for tormentor


a person or thing that torments
a curtain or movable piece of stage scenery at either side of the proscenium arch, used to mask lights or exits and entrances
(films) a panel of sound-insulating material placed outside the field of the camera to control the acoustics on the sound stage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tormentor

late 13c., from Anglo-French tormentour, Old French tourmenteur, agent noun of Latin tormentare (see torment (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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