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Meaning of TORMENT

Pronunciation:  [n]'torment, [v]tor'ment, tor'ment

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of harassing someone
  2. [n]  a severe affliction
  3. [n]  intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain; "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned"
  4. [n]  extreme mental distress
  5. [n]  a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented; "so great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his tormentors"
  6. [n]  unbearable physical pain
  7. [v]  subject to torture
  8. [v]  torment emotionally or mentally
  9. [v]  treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"

TORMENT is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: agony, anguish, badgering, bedevil, bedevilment, crucify, curse, dun, excruciate, excruciate, frustrate, harassment, rack, rag, torture, torture, torture, torture, worrying
 See Also: affliction, anguish, annoyance, badger, beleaguer, beset, bug, chafe, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, distress, hamstring, harass, harassment, harry, hassle, hurt, hurt, hurting, injure, madden, martyr, martyrise, martyrize, molest, molestation, oppress, pain, pain, persecute, pester, plague, provoke, rack, suffering, tease, vexation, wound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tor"ment\, n. [OF. torment, F. tourment, fr. L.
    tormentum an engine for hurling missiles, an instrument of
    torture, a rack, torture, fr. torquere to turn, to twist,
    hurl. See {Turture}.]
    1. (Mil. Antiq.) An engine for casting stones. [Obs.] --Sir
       T. Elyot.
    2. Extreme pain; anguish; torture; the utmost degree of
       misery, either of body or mind. --Chaucer.
             The more I see Pleasures about me, so much more I
             feel Torment within me.               --Milton.
    3. That which gives pain, vexation, or misery.
             They brought unto him all sick people that were
             taken with divers diseases and torments. --Matt. iv.
  2. \Tor*ment"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {tormented}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {tormenting}.] [OF. tormenter, F. tourmenter.]
    1. To put to extreme pain or anguish; to inflict excruciating
       misery upon, either of body or mind; to torture. `` Art
       thou come hither to torment us before our time? '' --Matt.
       viii. 29.
    2. To pain; to distress; to afflict.
             Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy,
             grievously tormented.                 --Matt. viii.
    3. To tease; to vex; to harass; as, to be tormented with
       importunities, or with petty annoyances. [Colloq.]
    4. To put into great agitation. [R.] ``[They], soaring on
       main wing, tormented all the air.'' --Milton.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Gr. basanos (Matt. 4:24), the "touch-stone" of justice; hence inquisition by torture, and then any disease which racks and tortures the limbs.