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