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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.]
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|Noun||1.||torturer - someone who inflicts severe physical pain (usually for punishment or coercion)|
flogger, scourger - a torturer who flogs or scourges (especially an official whose duty is to whip offenders)
oppressor - a person of authority who subjects others to undue pressures
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torturer[ˈtɔːtʃərəʳ] N → torturador(a) m/f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
torturer[ˈtɔːrtʃərər] n → tortionnaire m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n (lit) → Folterknecht m; (fig: = tormentor) → Peiniger(in) m(f)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
torturer[ˈtɔːtʃ/ərəʳ] n → torturatore/trice
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995