Torment meaning

tôr'mĕnt'
Torment is pain, suffering, annoyance or anxiety.

An example of torment is a toothache.

An example of torment is Chinese water torture.

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A source of harassment, annoyance, or pain.
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To cause to undergo great physical pain or mental anguish.
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To annoy, pester, or harass.

Tormented by the children's pleas to be taken to the mall.

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Great physical pain or mental anguish.
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The torture inflicted on prisoners under interrogation.
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An instrument of torture or the torture inflicted.
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Great pain or anguish, physical or mental; suffering; agony.
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A source of pain, anxiety, or annoyance.
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To torture.
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To cause great physical pain or mental anguish in.
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To annoy, harass, or tease.
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To stir up; agitate.
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Torture, originally as inflicted by an instrument of torture.
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Any extreme pain, anguish or misery, either physical or mental.

He was bitter from the torments of the divorce system.

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To cause severe suffering to (stronger than to vex but weaker than to torture.)

The child tormented the flies by pulling their wings off.

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Origin of torment

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin tormentum from torquēre to twist terkw- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French torment, from Latin tormentum (“something operated by twisting"), from torquere (“to twist").
    From Wiktionary