torture

[tawr-cher]

noun

verb (used with object), tor·tured, tor·tur·ing.


Origin of torture

First recorded in 1530–40, torture is from the Late Latin word tortūra a twisting, torment, torture. See tort, -ure
Related formstor·tur·a·ble, adjectivetor·tured·ly, adverbtor·tur·er, nountor·ture·some, adjectivetor·tur·ing·ly, adverbo·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-tor·ture, nounself-tor·tured, adjectiveself-tor·tur·ing, adjectiveun·tor·tured, adjective

Synonyms for torture

6. See torment.
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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

    Gabriele D'Annunzio

  • Tortured by these imaginings, I rose up from the pavement and stood erect.

    Vendetta

    Marie Corelli

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for tortured

torture

verb (tr)

to cause extreme physical pain to, esp in order to extract information, break resistance, etcto torture prisoners
to give mental anguish to
to twist into a grotesque form

noun

physical or mental anguish
the practice of torturing a person
a cause of mental agony or worry
Derived Formstortured, adjectivetorturedly, adverbtorturer, nountorturesome or torturous, adjectivetorturing, adjectivetorturingly, adverbtorturously, adverb

Word Origin for torture

C16: from Late Latin tortūra a twisting, from torquēre to twist

usage

The adjective torturous is sometimes confused with tortuous. One speaks of a torturous experience, i.e. one that involves pain or suffering, but of a tortuous road, i.e. one that winds or twists
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Word Origin and History for tortured

torture

n.

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).

torture

v.

1580s, from torture (n.). Related: Tortured; torturing.

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