- An example of torment is a toothache.
- An example of torment is Chinese water torture.
- Obs. an instrument of torture or the torture inflicted
- great pain or anguish, physical or mental; suffering; agony
- a source of pain, anxiety, or annoyance
Origin of tormentOld French from Classical Latin tormentum, a rack, instrument of torture, torture, pain, origin, originally , machine for twisting or throwing from torquere, to twist, whirl around, fling: see tort
- Rare to torture
- to cause great physical pain or mental anguish in
- to annoy, harass, or tease
- Obs. to stir up; agitate
Origin of tormentME tormenten < OFr tourmenter < the n.
- Great physical pain or mental anguish.
- A source of harassment, annoyance, or pain.
- The torture inflicted on prisoners under interrogation.
transitive verbtor·ment·ed, tor·ment·ing, tor·ments
- To cause to undergo great physical pain or mental anguish. See Synonyms at afflict.
- To annoy, pester, or harass: tormented by the children's pleas to be taken to the mall.
Origin of tormentMiddle English from Old French from Latin tormentum from torquēre to twist ; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present torments, present participle tormenting, simple past and past participle tormented)
- To cause severe suffering to (stronger than to vex but weaker than to torture.)
- The child tormented the flies by pulling their wings off.
From Old French torment, from Latin tormentum (“something operated by twisting"), from torquere (“to twist").