torment

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tor·ment

 (tôr′mĕnt′)
n.
1. Great physical pain or mental anguish.
2. A source of harassment, annoyance, or pain.
3. The torture inflicted on prisoners under interrogation.
tr.v. (tôr-mĕnt′, tôr′mĕnt′) tor·ment·ed, tor·ment·ing, tor·ments
1. To cause to undergo great physical pain or mental anguish. See Synonyms at afflict.
2. To annoy, pester, or harass: tormented by the children's pleas to be taken to the mall.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin tormentum, from torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]

tor·ment′ing·ly adv.

torment

vb (tr)
1. to afflict with great pain, suffering, or anguish; torture
2. to tease or pester in an annoying way: stop tormenting the dog.
n
3. physical or mental pain
4. a source of pain, worry, annoyance, etc
5. archaic an instrument of torture
6. archaic the infliction of torture
[C13: from Old French, from Latin tormentum, from torquēre]
torˈmented adj
torˈmentedly adv
torˈmenting adj, n
torˈmentingly adv

tor•ment

(v. tɔrˈmɛnt, ˈtɔr mɛnt; n. ˈtɔr mɛnt)

v.t.
1. to afflict with great, usu. incessant or repeated bodily or mental suffering.
2. to worry or annoy excessively; plague.
3. to throw into commotion; stir up; disturb.
n.
4. a state of great bodily or mental suffering; agony; misery.
5. something that causes pain or suffering.
6. a source of much trouble, worry, or annoyance.
7. an instrument of torture, as the rack.
8. the infliction of torture.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin tormentum rope, catapult, torture; see torque1, -ment]
tor•ment′ing•ly, adv.

torment

  • aghast - From a verb agastea, "frighten," based on an Old English word meaning "torment."
  • cruciation - Another word for torment or torture.
  • crux - Originated as a reference to a real cross and its association with torment and trouble.
  • dretch - To torment.

torment


Past participle: tormented
Gerund: tormenting

Imperative
torment
torment
Present
I torment
you torment
he/she/it torments
we torment
you torment
they torment
Preterite
I tormented
you tormented
he/she/it tormented
we tormented
you tormented
they tormented
Present Continuous
I am tormenting
you are tormenting
he/she/it is tormenting
we are tormenting
you are tormenting
they are tormenting
Present Perfect
I have tormented
you have tormented
he/she/it has tormented
we have tormented
you have tormented
they have tormented
Past Continuous
I was tormenting
you were tormenting
he/she/it was tormenting
we were tormenting
you were tormenting
they were tormenting
Past Perfect
I had tormented
you had tormented
he/she/it had tormented
we had tormented
you had tormented
they had tormented
Future
I will torment
you will torment
he/she/it will torment
we will torment
you will torment
they will torment
Future Perfect
I will have tormented
you will have tormented
he/she/it will have tormented
we will have tormented
you will have tormented
they will have tormented
Future Continuous
I will be tormenting
you will be tormenting
he/she/it will be tormenting
we will be tormenting
you will be tormenting
they will be tormenting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tormenting
you have been tormenting
he/she/it has been tormenting
we have been tormenting
you have been tormenting
they have been tormenting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tormenting
you will have been tormenting
he/she/it will have been tormenting
we will have been tormenting
you will have been tormenting
they will have been tormenting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tormenting
you had been tormenting
he/she/it had been tormenting
we had been tormenting
you had been tormenting
they had been tormenting
Conditional
I would torment
you would torment
he/she/it would torment
we would torment
you would torment
they would torment
Past Conditional
I would have tormented
you would have tormented
he/she/it would have tormented
we would have tormented
you would have tormented
they would have tormented
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.torment - unbearable physical paintorment - unbearable physical pain    
hurting, pain - a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder; "the patient developed severe pain and distension"
2.torment - extreme mental distresstorment - extreme mental distress    
distress, hurt, suffering - psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him great distress"
3.torment - intense feelings of sufferingtorment - intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain; "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned"
hurt, suffering - feelings of mental or physical pain
4.torment - a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormentedtorment - a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented; "so great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his tormentors"
vexation, annoyance, chafe - anger produced by some annoying irritation
5.torment - a severe afflictiontorment - a severe affliction      
affliction - a cause of great suffering and distress
6.torment - the act of harassing someonetorment - the act of harassing someone  
harassment, molestation - the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
Verb1.torment - torment emotionally or mentallytorment - torment emotionally or mentally  
anguish, pain, hurt - cause emotional anguish or make miserable; "It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school"
2.torment - treat cruellytorment - treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
madden - drive up the wall; go on someone's nerves
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke - annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"
hamstring - make ineffective or powerless; "The teachers were hamstrung by the overly rigid schedules"
badger, beleaguer, bug, pester, tease - annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
persecute, oppress - cause to suffer; "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"
3.torment - subject to torturetorment - subject to torture; "The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible"
injure, wound - cause injuries or bodily harm to
rack - torture on the rack
martyrise, martyrize, martyr - torture and torment like a martyr

torment

noun
1. suffering, distress, misery, pain, hell, torture, agony, anguish He spent days in torment while they searched for her.
suffering joy, happiness, rest, ease, comfort, encouragement, ecstasy, reassurance, bliss
2. trouble, worry, bother, plague, irritation, hassle (informal), nuisance, annoyance, bane, pain in the neck (informal) the torments of being a writer
verb
1. torture, pain, distress, afflict, rack, harrow, crucify, agonize, excruciate At times, memories returned to torment her.
torture delight, reassure, make happy, encourage, ease, comfort, soothe, put at ease
2. tease, annoy, worry, trouble, bother, provoke, devil (informal), harry, plague, irritate, hound, harass, hassle (informal), aggravate (informal), persecute, pester, vex, bedevil, chivvy, give someone grief (Brit. & S. African), lead someone a merry dance (Brit. informal) My older brother used to torment me by singing it to me.

torment

noun
1. A state of physical or mental suffering:
2. Excruciating punishment:
Idiom: tortures of the damned.
verb
1. To subject (another) to extreme physical cruelty, as in punishing:
Idiom: put on the rack.
2. To bring great harm or suffering to:
3. To come to mind continually:
4. To disturb by repeated attacks:
Translations
آلام مُبَرِّحَه، عَذابسَبب العَذابيُسَبب الألَم
trápittrýzněníutrpení
pinselplagesmerte
megkínoz
kveljakvölraun; pynting
kankintojaskankynė
mocībasmocīšanamocītmokas
trýznenie
azapazap çektirmekbaş belâsıderteziyet etmek

torment

A. [ˈtɔːment] Ntormento m
the torments of jealousylos tormentos de los celos
to be in tormentestar atormentado
B. [tɔːˈment] VT (= hurt) → atormentar, torturar; (= annoy) → fastidiar, molestar; (= torture) (fig) → atormentar
she was tormented by doubtsla atormentaban las dudas
we were tormented by thirstnos moríamos de sed
don't torment the catno le des guerra al gato

torment

[ˈtɔːrmɛnt]
n
(= suffering) → souffrance m
in torment → dans la souffrance
(= cause of suffering) → supplice m
Every step was a torment to him → Chaque pas était un supplice pour lui.
the torments of being a writer → les tourments de la condition d'écrivain
[tɔːrˈmɛnt] vt
(= cause suffering to) → tourmenter
to be tormented by sth → être tourmenté(e) par qch
(= annoy) → tourmenter

torment

nQual f; (inf: = person) → Quälgeist m; to be in torment, to suffer torment(s)Qualen leiden
vtquälen; (= annoy, tease)plagen; tormented by remorsevon Reue gequält or geplagt

torment

[n ˈtɔːmɛnt; vb tɔːˈmɛnt]
1. ntormento, tortura
to be in torment (also fig) → soffrire le pene dell'inferno
2. vt (hurt) → tormentare (fig) (annoy) → molestare, infastidire
she was tormented by doubts → era tormentata or assillata dai dubbi

torment

(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.

torment

n. tormento;
vt. atormentar.
References in classic literature ?
What torments they are, yet we can't do without them," he said, pinching her cheeks good-humoredly.
His pervading and continual hope -- a hallucination, which, in the face of all discouragement, and making light of impossibilities, haunts him while he lives, and, I fancy, like the convulsive throes of the cholera, torments him for a brief space after death -- is, that finally, and in no long time, by some happy coincidence of circumstances, he shall be restored to office.
But though boats have been taken down and lost in this way, yet it is this holding on, as it is called; this hooking up by the sharp barbs of his live flesh from the back; this it is that often torments the Leviathan into soon rising again to meet the sharp lance of his foes.
These buildings, made of brick and stained with innumerable layers of Packingtown smoke, were painted all over with advertising signs, from which the visitor realized suddenly that he had come to the home of many of the torments of his life.
While my seared soul was steeped in the healing balm of those gracious sounds, it seemed to me that I could almost resuffer the torments which had gone before, in order to be so healed again.
A brief address on those occasions would not be mistimed, wherein a judicious instructor would take the opportunity of referring to the sufferings of the primitive Christians; to the torments of martyrs; to the exhortations of our blessed Lord Himself, calling upon His disciples to take up their cross and follow Him; to His warnings that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God; to His divine consolations, "If ye suffer hunger or thirst for My sake, happy are ye.
Is it not sufficient for your infernal selfishness, that while you are at peace I shall writhe in the torments of hell?
At these words poor Ferko wept more bitterly than before, and bore the torments of hunger till the sun was high in the heavens; then he could stand it no longer, and he consented to allow his left eye to be put out and his left leg to be broken.
We were not, replied I, in danger of being stabbed or poisoned, but are doomed to a more lingering and painful death by that prohibition which obliges your subjects to deny us the necessaries of life; if it be Your Highness's pleasure that we die here, we entreat that we may at least be despatched quickly, and not condemned to longer torments.
It is useless, and the time awfully fails me, to prolong this description; no one has ever suffered such torments, let that suffice; and yet even to these, habit brought--no, not alleviation--but a certain callousness of soul, a certain acquiescence of despair; and my punishment might have gone on for years, but for the last calamity which has now fallen, and which has finally severed me from my own face and nature.
Polyphemus is son to Neptune by the nymph Thoosa, daughter to the sea-king Phorcys; therefore though he will not kill Ulysses outright, he torments him by preventing him from getting home.
Then I speak at random; instead of preaching about the torments of hell I talk of the joys of Paradise.