verb (used with object), tor·tured, tor·tur·ing.
Origin of torture
Synonyms for torture
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Contemporary Examples of torturing
In my eyes she killed those people… exposing a gay person like this is akin to torturing him slowly to death.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
December 30, 2014
Prosecuting those involved in torturing prisoners will do just that.Why the Muslim World Isn’t Flipping Out Over the CIA Torture Report
December 12, 2014
Purists sometimes seem to think that disregarding rules about prepositions is as heinous as torturing children.
Torturing children for fun, by contrast, is objectionable regardless of whether those around you have adopted the practice.
There are plenty of other vigilantes interested in torturing gay men with the winking semi-approval of the authorities.Jail Won't Stop Russia's Anti-Gay Psycho
August 20, 2014
Historical Examples of torturing
His sad, pock-marked face had a torturing fascination for her.Weighed and Wanting
Oh, what a torturing, doubt-raising, perplexing thing this Love was!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
"You have been torturing him," she cried, and her words were hard and fierce, her eyes blazing.
We have not been torturing him, though I confess that we were on the point of putting him to the question.
And yet, what home-coming could have brought him such a torturing joy as was now his?Mistress Wilding
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.