instrument of torture

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Noun1.instrument of torture - an instrument of punishment designed and used to inflict torture on the condemned person
iron boot, iron heel, the boot, boot - an instrument of torture that is used to heat or crush the foot and leg
instrument of punishment - an instrument designed and used to punish a condemned person
iron maiden - instrument of torture consisting of a hollow iron frame shaped like the human body and lined with spikes to impale the victim
rack, wheel - an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims
thumbscrew - instrument of torture that crushes the thumb
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I don't wonder the poor old boy has the blues with a thing like that on"; and Charlie sat looking at what seemed to him an instrument of torture, with such a sober face that Rose took it gently away, and went in to bid Mac good-night.
But, of old, there was One whose suffering changed an instrument of torture, degradation and shame, into a symbol of glory, honor, and immortal life; and, where His spirit is, neither degrading stripes, nor blood, nor insults, can make the Christian's last struggle less than glorious.
Number Thirteen knew nothing of the danger of firearms, but the noise had startled him and his experience with the stinging cut of the bull whip convinced him that this other was some sort of instrument of torture of which it would be as well to deprive his antagonist.
He had scarcely spoken, when Squeers, in a violent outbreak of wrath, and with a cry like the howl of a wild beast, spat upon him, and struck him a blow across the face with his instrument of torture, which raised up a bar of livid flesh as it was inflicted.
Also tonight, his friend Nico gets on the wrong side of an invention called The Widow's Tear which looks like a portable record player, redesigned as an instrument of torture.
HE commute home on Tyneside - never a Tparticularly pleasant time for anyone - turned into an instrument of torture for many on Wednesday night.
I wonder if the Romans had any idea that their preferred instrument of torture would someday be imitated in cake frosting.
I told my home computer, that instrument of torture "You never do the things I want, I rue the day I borture" I bought myself a Dongle to get me on the net It should take just five minutes but I haven't got there yet.
Drunken revellers feel the sharp end of his hefty instrument of torture, including one unfortunate soul whose eyeball rather hilariously pops out of his head.
The device serves as spinning wheel, ship's helm and instrument of torture at various points in the plot.
The number of people worldwide who have gnashed their teeth, pulled their hair and got hot under the collar because the operator manual was an instrument of torture is very great.
It was a key indeed: it may have opened the door of heaven; but while the bolt was turning, the victim thought that he was in that other place where the man must be who invented the instrument of torture.

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