[ tawr-cher ]
/ ˈtɔr tʃər /
the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty.
a method of inflicting such pain.
Often tortures. the pain or suffering caused or undergone.
extreme anguish of body or mind; agony.
a cause of severe pain or anguish.
verb (used with object), tor·tured, tor·tur·ing.
to subject to torture.
to afflict with severe pain of body or mind: My back is torturing me.
to force or extort by torture: We'll torture the truth from his lips!
to twist, force, or bring into some unnatural position or form: trees tortured by storms.
to distort or pervert (language, meaning, etc.).
Words nearby torture
Origin of torture
SYNONYMS FOR torture
6 See torment.
OTHER WORDS FROM torture
tor·tur·a·ble, adjectivetor·tured·ly, adverbtor·tur·er, nountor·ture·some, adjective
tor·tur·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·tor·ture, verb (used with object), o·ver·tor·tured, o·ver·tor·tur·ing.pre·tor·ture, noun, verb (used with object), pre·tor·tured, pre·tor·tur·ing.self-tor·ture, nounself-tor·tured, adjectiveself-tor·tur·ing, adjectiveun·tor·tured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for self-torture
/ (ˈtɔːtʃə) /
to cause extreme physical pain to, esp in order to extract information, break resistance, etcto torture prisoners
to give mental anguish to
to twist into a grotesque form
physical or mental anguish
the practice of torturing a person
a cause of mental agony or worry
Derived forms of torture
tortured, adjectivetorturedly, adverbtorturer, nountorturesome or torturous, adjective
torturing, adjectivetorturingly, adverbtorturously, adverb
Word Origin for torture
C16: from Late Latin tortūra a twisting, from torquēre to twist
usage for torture
The adjective torturous is sometimes confused with tortuous. One speaks of a torturous experience, i.e. one that involves pain or suffering, but of a tortuous road, i.e. one that winds or twists
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