verb (used with object)
Origin of torment
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|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Clive Irving|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Year after year they have to endure the torment of being required to live up to the role that Ernest Hemingway gave them.
The periodic agony that accompanies sickle cell was joined by the torment of persistent eye infections and repeated surgeries.
But in another letter we hear the director who knows how to evoke that torment from his actor and put it on screen.
Not satisfied to torment her in the body, he must imperil her soul by placing desperate temptation in her way.A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)|Mrs. Sutherland Orr
The torment in him became a secret swollen beyond its proper dimensions.Erik Dorn|Ben Hecht
If you did, you must have seen how the whole population coalesced to torment the maid-of-all-work.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly|Charles James Lever
I remember I used to torment myself by wondering whether they pulled the arrow out, because in my history it didn't say they did.'An American Girl in London|Sara Jeannette Duncan
Cinna gave command to carry the litter nearer the place of torment.Let us follow Him|Henryk Sienkiewicz
verb (tɔːˈmɛnt) (tr)
Word Origin 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.