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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).
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Origin of tormentor

1250–1300; Middle English tormento(u)r < Anglo-French; Old French tormenteor. See torment, -or2
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Related Words for tormentor

scourge, contagion, infection, virus, plague, epidemic, blight, bug, irritant, irritation, bore, nuisance, creep, annoyance, curse, nudge, nag, exasperation, pill, headache

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Historical Examples of tormentor

  • 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
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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.)).

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