the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty.
a method of inflicting such pain.
Often tortures. the pain or suffering caused or undergone.
extreme anguish of body or mind; agony.
a cause of severe pain or anguish.
to subject to torture.
to afflict with severe pain of body or mind: My back is torturing me.
to force or extort by torture: We'll torture the truth from his lips!
to twist, force, or bring into some unnatural position or form: trees tortured by storms.
to distort or pervert (language, meaning, etc.).
- tor·tur·a·ble, adjective
- tor·tured·ly, adverb
- tor·tur·er, noun
- tor·ture·some, adjective
- tor·tur·ing·ly, adverb
- o·ver·tor·ture, verb (used with object), o·ver·tor·tured, o·ver·tor·tur·ing.
- pre·tor·ture, noun, verb (used with object), pre·tor·tured, pre·tor·tur·ing.
- self-torture, noun
- self-tortured, adjective
- self-tor·tur·ing, adjective
- un·tor·tured, adjective
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How to use torture in a sentence
One night he listened to a friendly old man slowly die alone in the next cell after a bout of torture.Islamist Terrorism Is Not Done With Us, Warns Former al Qaeda Hostage Theo Padnos | Karl Vick | February 25, 2021 | Time
These were people who had just escaped the most horrific abuse and torture, and violation from their own families.
She wrote her resident’s thesis on political disappearances and torture cases archived by the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey.The 'Badass Chief of Staff' of Turkey's Opposition Faces Years in Jail After Challenging Erdogan's Power. She's Not Backing Down | Joseph Hincks / Istanbul | February 24, 2021 | Time
The same month, President Buhari signed into law the Anti-torture Act, which criminalized torture.The Nigerian Government Has Pledged to #EndSARS and Reform the Police. This Isn't the First Time They've Made That Promise | Andrew R. Chow | October 28, 2020 | Time
Many of them live in secrecy for fear of torture and execution.Inside the strange new world of being a deepfake actor | Karen Hao | October 9, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
But Chechen leader Kadyrov does not think that Committee Against torture was needed in Chechnya.Putin’s Favorite Acolyte Terrorizes Human Rights Activists | Anna Nemtsova | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
White House Must Decide Who Will Be Named in the CIA ‘torture Report’
Looking for a place to go, Alyokhina called her friends at a local human rights center, the Committee Against torture.
torture may change your mind, as shame shall change your body.The Proud Prince | Justin Huntly McCarthy
torture indescribable has made of me a writhing, moaning, helpless creature for the past few minutes.The Sorrows of Satan | Marie Corelli
torture was still employed in capital cases to force confession even in Holland and France.
Hercules in all the extremity of his torture does not fall foul upon Religion.A Short View of the Immorality, and Profaneness of the English Stage | Jeremy Collier
torture was, therefore, at once employed to discover the hidden treasures.
British Dictionary definitions for torture
to cause extreme physical pain to, esp in order to extract information, break resistance, etc: to torture prisoners
to give mental anguish to
to twist into a grotesque form
physical or mental anguish
the practice of torturing a person
a cause of mental agony or worry
- tortured, adjective
- torturedly, adverb
- torturer, noun
- torturesome or torturous, adjective
- torturing, adjective
- torturingly, adverb
- torturously, adverb
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