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also tor·ment·er  (tôr-mĕn′tər, tôr′mĕn′-)
1. One that torments.
2. A hanging at each side of a stage directly behind the proscenium that serves to block the wing area and sidelights from the audience.
3. A sound-absorbent screen used on a movie set, used to prevent echo.


(tɔːˈmɛntə) or


1. a person or thing that torments
2. (Theatre) a curtain or movable piece of stage scenery at either side of the proscenium arch, used to mask lights or exits and entrances
3. (Film) films a panel of sound-insulating material placed outside the field of the camera to control the acoustics on the sound stage


or tor•ment•er

(tɔrˈmɛn tər, ˈtɔr mɛn-)

1. a person or thing that torments.
2. a curtain or framed structure behind the proscenium at both sides of the stage, for screening the wings from the audience. Compare teaser (def. 2).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tormentor - someone who tormentstormentor - someone who torments      
harasser - a persistent tormentor
oppressor - a person of authority who subjects others to undue pressures
blighter, cuss, gadfly, pesterer, pest - a persistently annoying person
tantaliser, tantalizer - someone who tantalizes; a tormentor who offers something desirable but keeps it just out of reach
witch-hunter - someone who identifies and punishes people for their opinions
2.tormentor - a flat at each side of the stage to prevent the audience from seeing into the wingstormentor - a flat at each side of the stage to prevent the audience from seeing into the wings
flat - scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting


[tɔːˈmentəʳ] Natormentador(a) m/f


[tɔːrˈmɛntər] ntourmenteur/euse m/f


nPeiniger(in) m(f)


[tɔːˈmɛntəʳ] ntormentatore/trice


(ˈtoːment) noun
1. (a) very great pain, suffering, worry etc. He was in torment.
2. something that causes this.
(toːˈment) verb
to cause pain, suffering, worry etc to. She was tormented with worry/toothache.
torˈmentor (-ˈmen-) noun
a person who torments.
References in classic literature ?
Hither the Hurons had brought most of their valuables, especially those which more particularly pertained to the nation; and hither, as it now appeared, the sick woman, who was believed to be the victim of supernatural power, had been transported also, under an impression that her tormentor would find more difficulty in making his assaults through walls of stone than through the leafy coverings of the lodges.
Then he talked to all the boys very seriously about cruelty, and said how hard-hearted and cowardly it was to hurt the weak and the helpless; but what stuck in my mind was this, he said that cruelty was the devil's own trade-mark, and if we saw any one who took pleasure in cruelty we might know who he belonged to, for the devil was a murderer from the beginning, and a tormentor to the end.
As the guest answered nothing, but took his seat, and looked thoroughly indifferent what sentiments she cherished concerning him, she turned and whispered an earnest appeal for liberty to her tormentor.
Like a flash the beast wheeled upon its tormentor, and, in the briefest instant of turning, the placid, friendly animal was metamorphosed to a frenzied demon of rage.
Yes - no - do what you like,' returned John; and then, as he watched his tormentor mount the stairs and enter the whisky- shop, there floated into his mind a sense as of something long ago familiar.
For the Leopard-man, released from Moreau's eye, had risen straight from his knees, and now, with eyes aflame and his huge feline tusks flashing out from under his curling lips, leapt towards his tormentor.
Franz passed the night in confused dreams respecting the two meetings he had already had with his mysterious tormentor, and in waking speculations as to what the morrow would produce.
Whether my tormentor yielded to Toby's entreaties, or paused from sheer exhaustion, I do not know; but all at once he ceased his operations, and at the same time the chief relinquishing his hold upon me, I fell back, faint and breathless with the agony I had endured.
The second and the third day passed, and still my tormentor came not.
Singular as it may appear, the sufferer had now contracted a sort of affection for his tormentor, mingled, however, with the intensest loathing and horror.
Surely Comineus mought have made the same judgment also, if it had pleased him, of his second master, Lewis the Eleventh, whose closeness was indeed his tormentor.
The tormentor and the physician approached her simultaneously.