or tor·ment·er

[ 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).

Nearby words

  1. tories,
  2. torii,
  3. torino,
  4. torment,
  5. tormentil,
  6. tormé,
  7. torn,
  8. torn between, be,
  9. tornadic,
  10. tornado

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tormentor



/ (tɔːˈmɛntə) /


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
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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