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1. Infliction of severe physical pain as a means of punishment or coercion.
2. Excruciating physical or mental pain; agony: the torture suffered by inmates in the camp.
3. An experience or cause of severe pain or anguish: "Just to watch them handling thick woolen winter coats in that heat was, for me, a torture" (Arthur Miller).
tr.v. tor·tured, tor·tur·ing, tor·tures
1. To subject (a person or animal) to torture.
2. To bring great physical or mental pain upon (another). See Synonyms at afflict.
3. To overwork, misinterpret, or distort: torture a metaphor throughout an essay; torture a rule to make it fit a case.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin tortūra, from Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]

tor′tur·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tortured - experiencing intense pain especially mental paintortured - experiencing intense pain especially mental pain; "an anguished conscience"; "a small tormented schoolboy"; "a tortured witness to another's humiliation"
sorrowful - experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss; "sorrowful widows"; "a sorrowful tale of death and despair"; "sorrowful news"; "even in laughter the heart is sorrowful"- Proverbs 14:13
References in classic literature ?
and here Anna guessed what would touch Dolly most) "he's tortured by two things: that he's ashamed for the children's sake, and that, loving you--yes, yes, loving you beyond everything on earth," she hurriedly interrupted Dolly, who would have answered-- "he has hurt you, pierced you to the heart.
You shall read, in some of the friars' books of mortification, that a man should think with himself, what the pain is, if he have but his finger's end pressed, or tortured, and thereby imagine, what the pains of death are, when the whole body is corrupted, and dissolved; when many times death passeth, with less pain than the torture of a limb; for the most vital parts, are not the quickest of sense.
While Peter lived, the tortured man felt that he was a lion in a cage into which a sparrow had come.
Human Rights Watch interviewed 19 former detainees and the family of a 20th detainee who were tortured between 2014 and 2016, as well as Egyptian defense and human rights lawyers.
Thousands were incarcerated, many were tortured in prison, freedom of speech and expression was banned, civil liberties were curtailed and human rights violations took centre-stage including a mass-sterilisation programme.
He claimed that if a person tortured an animal and didn't feel guilty then they might harm humans in the future.
Around the world, in every region, men, women and children are still being tortured by non-State actors and under direct State policy.
While carrying out the investigations the Lahore police hung one of the men upside down with a bunk and tortured him inhumanely.
For example, in the months before and after the US invasion of Iraq, it's clear that people believed to be linked to Al-Qaeda were tortured so that they would attest falsely to relations between Al-Qaeda and the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq.
The first prisoner to die as a result of being tortured was Yousef Al-Jabali who died on January 4 1968 in a Nablus prison.
How they suffered in Chinese detention centres and how they were brutally beaten up and tortured and also mentally tortured.
an, Laguna, where police officers tortured suspects to forcibly extract information from them and for their own morbid entertainment.