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tor·ture

 (tôr′chər)
n.
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.

torture

(ˈtɔːtʃə)
vb (tr)
1. to cause extreme physical pain to, esp in order to extract information, break resistance, etc: to torture prisoners.
2. to give mental anguish to
3. to twist into a grotesque form
n
4. physical or mental anguish
5. the practice of torturing a person
6. a cause of mental agony or worry
[C16: from Late Latin tortūra a twisting, from torquēre to twist]
ˈtortured adj
ˈtorturedly adv
ˈtorturer n
ˈtorturesome, ˈtorturous adj
ˈtorturing adj
ˈtorturingly adv
ˈtorturously adv
Usage: The adjective torturous is sometimes confused with tortuous. One speaks of a torturous experience, i.e. one that involves pain or suffering, but of a tortuous road, i.e. one that winds or twists

tor•ture

(ˈtɔr tʃər)

n., v. -tured, -tur•ing. n.
1. the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty.
2. a method of inflicting such pain.
3. Often, tortures. the pain or suffering caused or undergone.
4. extreme anguish of body or mind; agony.
5. a cause of severe pain or anguish.
v.t.
6. to subject to torture.
7. to afflict with severe pain of body or mind.
8. to twist, force, or bring into some unnatural shape.
[1530–40; < Late Latin tortūra a twisting]
tor′tur•er, n.

torture

  • ordeal - From Old English ordel, "judgment," figuratively, an experience testing endurance, patience, courage, etc.—also a test of guilt or innocence that was one of severe pain or torture.
  • torment - Comes from a Latin word, tormentum, for an instrument of torture.
  • tortuous, torturous - Tortuous is "winding, crooked, full of twists and turns," and torturous, based on "torture," is "painful, characterized by suffering."
  • travel - From Latin trepaliare, "torture," it evolved into "journey" from the allusion to the inevitable trouble of medieval travel.

torture


Past participle: tortured
Gerund: torturing

Imperative
torture
torture
Present
I torture
you torture
he/she/it tortures
we torture
you torture
they torture
Preterite
I tortured
you tortured
he/she/it tortured
we tortured
you tortured
they tortured
Present Continuous
I am torturing
you are torturing
he/she/it is torturing
we are torturing
you are torturing
they are torturing
Present Perfect
I have tortured
you have tortured
he/she/it has tortured
we have tortured
you have tortured
they have tortured
Past Continuous
I was torturing
you were torturing
he/she/it was torturing
we were torturing
you were torturing
they were torturing
Past Perfect
I had tortured
you had tortured
he/she/it had tortured
we had tortured
you had tortured
they had tortured
Future
I will torture
you will torture
he/she/it will torture
we will torture
you will torture
they will torture
Future Perfect
I will have tortured
you will have tortured
he/she/it will have tortured
we will have tortured
you will have tortured
they will have tortured
Future Continuous
I will be torturing
you will be torturing
he/she/it will be torturing
we will be torturing
you will be torturing
they will be torturing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been torturing
you have been torturing
he/she/it has been torturing
we have been torturing
you have been torturing
they have been torturing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been torturing
you will have been torturing
he/she/it will have been torturing
we will have been torturing
you will have been torturing
they will have been torturing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been torturing
you had been torturing
he/she/it had been torturing
we had been torturing
you had been torturing
they had been torturing
Conditional
I would torture
you would torture
he/she/it would torture
we would torture
you would torture
they would torture
Past Conditional
I would have tortured
you would have tortured
he/she/it would have tortured
we would have tortured
you would have tortured
they would have tortured
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.torture - extreme mental distresstorture - extreme mental distress    
distress, hurt, suffering - psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him great distress"
2.torture - unbearable physical paintorture - unbearable physical pain    
hurting, pain - a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder; "the patient developed severe pain and distension"
3.torture - intense feelings of sufferingtorture - 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.torture - the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
falsification, misrepresentation - a willful perversion of facts
5.torture - the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reasontorture - the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession"
persecution - the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)
falanga, bastinado - a form of torture in which the soles of the feet are beaten with whips or cudgels
boot - a form of foot torture in which the feet are encased in iron and slowly crushed
burning - a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim's skin
excruciation, crucifixion - the infliction of extremely painful punishment or suffering
genital torture - blunt or penetrating trauma or rape (vaginal or anal)
judicial torture - torture that is sanctioned by the state and executed by duly accredited officials; "the English renounced judicial torture in 1640"
kia quen - a form of foot torture used by the Chinese in which the victim's foot was placed between three pieces of bamboo and systematically squeezed
kittee - a form of torture used by American Indians in which sensitive parts of the body were squeezed between two boards until the victim could bear no more
nail pulling, nail removal - a form of torture in which the fingernails or toenails are removed
piquet, picket - a form of military punishment used by the British in the late 17th century in which a soldier was forced to stand on one foot on a pointed stake
prolonged interrogation - a form of psychological torture inflicted by questioning the victim for hours
rack - a form of torture in which pain is inflicted by stretching the body
sensory deprivation - a form of psychological torture inflicted by depriving the victim of all sensory input
sleep deprivation - a form of psychological torture inflicted by depriving the victim of sleep
strapado, strappado - a form of torture in which the hands are tied behind a person's back and they are lifted off the ground by a rope tied to their wrists, then allowed to drop until their fall is checked with a jerk by the rope
electric shock - the use of electricity to administer punishment or torture; "they used cattle prods to administer electric shocks"
dismemberment, taking apart - the removal of limbs; being cut to pieces
Verb1.torture - torment emotionally or mentallytorture - 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.torture - subject to torturetorture - 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

torture

verb
1. torment, abuse, persecute, afflict, martyr, scourge, molest, crucify, mistreat, ill-treat, maltreat, put on the rack Police are convinced she was tortured and killed.
torment comfort, soothe, console, alleviate, solace, mollify, salve
2. torment, worry, trouble, distress, pain, rack, afflict, harrow, agonize, give someone grief (Brit. & S. African), inflict anguish on He would not torture her further by arguing.
noun
1. ill-treatment, abuse, torment, persecution, martyrdom, maltreatment, harsh treatment alleged cases of torture and murder by security forces
2. agony, suffering, misery, anguish, hell, distress, torment, heartbreak Waiting for the result was torture.
agony delight, pleasure, joy, well-being, happiness, enjoyment, amusement, bliss

Torture

Instruments of torture  boot, brake, cat-o'-nine-tails, iron maiden, pilliwinks, Procrustean bed, rack, scourge, thumbscrew, wheel
Types of torture  bastinado, Chinese water torture, gauntlet, strappado, water cure, water torture

torture

noun
1. Excruciating punishment:
Idiom: tortures of the damned.
2. A state of physical or mental suffering:
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:
Translations
تَعْذيبتَعْذِيبتعزيبعَذابعزّب
tortura
mučenímukatrápittýratmučit
torturtorturerepinetortere
torturi
kiduttaakidutus
mučenjemučiti
kínlódáskínvallatás
e-î sem orsakar kvölpyntapyntingar
拷問拷問にかける
고문고문하다
kankinimas
mocībasmocītspīdzināšanaspīdzināt
chinuitortura
mučenie
mučenjemučiti
torteratortyr
การทรมานทรมาน
тортури
sự tra tấntra tấn

torture

[ˈtɔːtʃəʳ]
A. N
1. (lit) → tortura f
to put sb to (the) torturetorturar a algn
2. (fig) → tormento m
it was sheer torture!¡era una verdadera tortura!
B. VT
1. (lit) → torturar
2. (= torment) → atormentar
to be tortured by doubtsser atormentado por las dudas
C. CPD torture chamber Ncámara f de tortura

torture

[ˈtɔːrtʃər]
n
(= method of punishment, interrogation) → torture f
a medieval torture → une torture médiévale
the use of torture → l'usage de la torture
(= difficult experience) → torture f
It was pure torture → C'était une vraie torture.
vt
(= use torture on) [+ prisoner] → torturer
(= torment) [+ animal, person] → torturer
Stop torturing that poor animal! → Arrête de torturer cette pauvre bête!torture chamber nchambre f de torture

torture

nFolter f; (fig)Qual f; instrument of tortureFolterwerkzeug nt; it was sheer torture! (inf)es war eine wahre Qual or Folter
vt
(lit)foltern
(fig: = torment) → quälen, peinigen (geh)
(fig: = distort) → verzerren; languagevergewaltigen; tortured languageverkrampfte Sprache; tortured steelgrotesk verbogener Stahl; her hair had been tortured into elaborate curlsihr Haar war mühsam in kunstvolle Locken gedreht

torture

[ˈtɔːtʃəʳ]
1. ntortura
it was sheer torture! (fig) → è stata una vera tortura!
2. vttorturare (fig) → tormentare

torture

(ˈtoːtʃə) verb
to treat (someone) cruelly or painfully, as a punishment, or in order to make him/her confess something, give information etc. He tortured his prisoners; She was tortured by rheumatism/jealousy.
noun
1. the act or practice of torturing. The king would not permit torture.
2. (something causing) great suffering. the torture of waiting to be executed.

torture

تَعْذِيب, يُعَذِّبُ mučení, mučit tortur, torturere Folter, foltern βασανίζω, βασανιστήριο tortura, torturar kiduttaa, kidutus torture, torturer mučenje, mučiti tortura, torturare 拷問, 拷問にかける 고문, 고문하다 martelen, marteling tortur, torturere torturować, tortury tortura, torturar пытать, пытка tortera, tortyr การทรมาน, ทรมาน işkence, işkence etmek sự tra tấn, tra tấn 刑讯逼供, 折磨

torture

n. tortura, gran sufrimiento; castigo.

torture

n tortura; vt torturar
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returned the Indian; "he will go and bring his young men, to see how bravely a pale face can laugh at tortures.
It would come, and it would come; a grisly thing, a specter born in the black caverns of terror; a power primeval, cosmic, shadowing the tortures of the lost souls flung out to chaos and destruction.
How can they sleep at night for dreading the tortures of next day?
The legend goes that after the Crucifixion his conscience troubled him, and he fled from Jerusalem and wandered about the earth, weary of life and a prey to tortures of the mind.
Heat, however, will melt the proudest head and reduce to fiddling strings the finest product of the waving- pin; so anxious mothers were stationed over their offspring, waving palm-leaf fans, it having been decided that the supreme instant when the town clock struck ten should be the one chosen for releasing the prisoners from their self-imposed tortures.
I was yet liable to be taken back, and subjected to all the tortures of slavery.
Besides this earth, and besides the race of men, there is an invisible world and a kingdom of spirits: that world is round us, for it is everywhere; and those spirits watch us, for they are commissioned to guard us; and if we were dying in pain and shame, if scorn smote us on all sides, and hatred crushed us, angels see our tortures, recognise our innocence (if innocent we be: as I know you are of this charge which Mr.
I inquired, perceiving that the wretched creature had no power to sympathize with his cousin's mental tortures.
She and Jerry had beheld the coach start, had known who it was that Solomon brought, had passed some ten minutes in tortures of suspense, and were now concluding their arrangements to follow the coach, even as Madame Defarge, taking her way through the streets, now drew nearer and nearer to the else-deserted lodging in which they held their consultation.
His satisfaction in which happy imposition on us, and in having preserved the impenetrable secret of the box, appeared to be a sufficient compensation to him for all his tortures.
Oh, those people with Miss Havisham, and the tortures they undergo
Even Death himself, the great and terrible King of kings, though he may break the heart of love with agonies and anguish and slow tortures of separation, may break not his faith.