- Torture is severe mental or physical pain, or the cause of this pain.
- An example of torture is a man seeing a woman who just broke up with him out with another man.
- An example of torture is a woman being stoned to death.
- Torture is defined as to cause another extreme pain.
- An example of torture is being openly affectionate with a new lover in front of someone with whom you've just broken up.
- An example of torture is cutting off a person's fingers.
- the inflicting of severe pain to force information or confession, get revenge, etc.
- any method by which such pain is inflicted
- any severe physical or mental pain; agony; anguish
- a cause of such pain or agony
- Rare a violent twisting, distortion, perversion, etc.
Origin: Fr from Late Latin tortura, a twisting, torture from past participle of Classical Latin torquere, to twist: see tort
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- a. Infliction of severe physical pain as a means of punishment or coercion.b. An instrument or a method for inflicting such pain.
- Excruciating physical or mental pain; agony: the torture of waiting in suspense.
- Something causing severe pain or anguish.
- To subject (a person or an animal) to torture.
- To bring great physical or mental pain upon (another). See Synonyms at afflict.
- To twist or turn abnormally; distort: torture a rule to make it fit a case.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin tortūra, from Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
- torˈtur·er noun