verb (used with object), tor·tured, tor·tur·ing.
Origin of torture
Synonyms for torture
Related Words for torturedannoy, disturb, injure, beat, wound, abuse, torment, persecute, mistreat, maim, mutilate, oppress, crucify, smite, pain, distress, afflict, grill, agonize, wring
Examples from the Web for tortured
Historical Examples of tortured
Tortured by the world and the world's law, yet Heaven's peace had settled on her.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Tortured by his inward agitation, he rose and began to pace the room.The Child of Pleasure
Tortured by these imaginings, I rose up from the pavement and stood erect.Vendetta
Tortured, humiliated, helpless, he saw the lash that cut him fall also upon her.The Business of Life
Robert W. Chambers
Tortured you may be to the verge of the grave, but never into it.Mabel's Mistake
Ann S. Stephens
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.