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 torture suffered by inmates in the camp.
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 a metaphor throughout an essay; torture a rule to make it fit a case.
Every time she says 'goodbye' it is torture!
People who torture often have sadistic tendencies.
Origin of torture
- Middle English from Old French from Late Latin tortūra from Latin tortus past participle of torquēre to twist terkw- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Late Latin tortura (“a twisting, wreathing, of bodily pain, a griping colic, Middle Latin pain inflicted by judicial or ecclesiastical authority as a means of persuasion, torture"), from Latin tortus, past participle of torquere (“to twist").