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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.
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Noun1.torturing - 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 reasontorturing - 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
Adj.1.torturing - extremely painfultorturing - extremely painful      
painful - causing physical or psychological pain; "worked with painful slowness"
Translations

torturing

[ˈtɔːtʃərɪŋ] ADJtorturador, atormentador
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The spears were commencing to find his body in the first torturing pricks that prefaced the more serious thrusts.
When from dark error's subjugation My words of passionate exhortation Had wrenched thy fainting spirit free; And writhing prone in thine affliction Thou didst recall with malediction The vice that had encompassed thee: And when thy slumbering conscience, fretting By recollection's torturing flame, Thou didst reveal the hideous setting Of thy life's current ere I came: When suddenly I saw thee sicken, And weeping, hide thine anguished face, Revolted, maddened, horror-stricken, At memories of foul disgrace.
The pitiful groans from all sides and the torturing pain in his thigh, stomach, and back distracted him.
Then he made a sign to someone, and the torturing pain in his abdomen caused Prince Andrew to lose consciousness.
The law needs to be tougher on people found guilty of torturing animals in Dubai.
Hayden and John Brennan deceived ex-President Bush and President Obama by assuring them that torturing the foreign nationals held as terrorism suspects would help the government to obtain useful information from them, while this has not been the case.
The report argued that the police and security forces have not changed the way they deal with Egyptian citizens "contrary to popular belief," stating that "the policing practices are still the same, [and they still] depend on torturing the accused to obtain confessions, or even for revenge.
Arguably, in that sense battering and torture could be treated at par, regardless of the level of harm endured or torturing techniques employed by the abusive partner or state official.
Khaliqdad, the chairman of the public safety commission in Haripur, which is located 65 kilometers from Islamabad, vowed that if police personnel are ever found guilty of torturing suspects, they will be dealt with firmly.
Eventually two low-ranking police officers were given seven-year prison sentences, an outcome widely seen as insufficient after decades of systematically torturing thousands.