or tor·ment·er

[tawr-men-ter, tawr-men-]
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  1. a person or thing that torments.
  2. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

  • Napoleon clinched his little fist, and turned hotly on his tormentor.

  • 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.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for tormentor



  1. a person or thing that torments
  2. a curtain or movable piece of stage scenery at either side of the proscenium arch, used to mask lights or exits and entrances
  3. 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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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