Variant of torture
- 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 of tortureFrench ; from Late Latin tortura, a twisting, torture ; from past participle of Classical Latin torquere, to twist: see tort