An example of torment is a toothache.
An example of torment is Chinese water torture.
Tormented by the children's pleas to be taken to the mall.
The child tormented the flies by pulling their wings off.
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").