verb (used with object), tor·tured, tor·tur·ing.
- torture porn,
Origin of torture
Examples from the Web for torture
Torture, the UVa rape, police violence—we hunger for the facts, and then twist them.
He also wrote, “Torture is not a thing that we can tolerate.”The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Torture continues apace, as Amnesty International has documented, and few are held accountable.
“Torture in police detention [has] increased dramatically with the uprising,” she says.
Torture, some people might call it, from sundown Sunday to sundown Friday.
Torture and the cruellest forms of punishment were employed.
"Torture 'em first and then attend to the country," snapped The Rat.The Lost Prince|Frances Hodgson Burnett
I dont consider the Torture of the Innocents a pretty game, I told her.
Torture was still employed in capital cases to force confession even in Holland and France.
Torture wouldn't make her tell what she knows, and she doesn't have to either!The House of the Misty Star|Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
Word Origin for torture
early 15c., "contortion, twisting, distortion," from Old French torture "infliction of great pain, great pain, agony," and directly from Late Latin torture "a twisting, writhing, torture, torment," from stem of Latin torquere "to twist, turn, wind, wring, distort" (see thwart).
1580s, from torture (n.). Related: Tortured; torturing.