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Meaning of TORTURE

Pronunciation:  'torchur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of torturing someone; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession"
  2. [n]  the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
  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]  unbearable physical pain
  6. [v]  subject to torture
  7. [v]  torment emotionally or mentally

TORTURE is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: agony, anguish, distortion, excruciate, excruciate, overrefinement, rack, straining, torment, torment, torment, torment, torturing, twisting
 See Also: anguish, crucifixion, dismemberment, distress, excruciation, falsification, hurt, hurt, hurting, injure, martyr, martyrise, martyrize, misrepresentaation, pain, pain, persecution, rack, strappado, suffering, taking apart, wound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tor"ture\, n. [F.,fr.L. tortura, fr. torquere, tortum,
    to twist, rack, torture; probably akin to Gr. tre`pein to
    turn, G. drechsein to turn on a lathe, and perhaps to E.
    queer. Cf. {Contort}, {Distort}, {Extort}, {Retort}, {Tart},
    n., {Torch}, {Torment}, {Tortion}, {Tort}, {Trope.}]
    1. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; pang; agony;
       torment; as, torture of mind. --Shak.
             Ghastly spasm or racking torture.     --Milton.
    2. Especially, severe pain inflicted judicially, either as
       punishment for a crime, or for the purpose of extorting a
       confession from an accused person, as by water or fire, by
       the boot or thumbkin, or by the rack or wheel.
    3. The act or process of torturing.
             Torture, whitch had always been deciared illegal,
             and which had recently been declared illegal even by
             the servile judges of that age, was inflicted for
             the last time in England in the month of May, 1640.
  2. \Tor"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tortured} (?; 135); p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Torturing.}] [Cf. F. Torturer. ]
    1. To put to torture; to pain extremely; to harass; to vex.
    2. To punish with torture; to put to the rack; as, to torture
       an accused person. --Shak.
    3. To wrest from the proper meaning; to distort. --Jar.
    4. To keep on the stretch, as a bow. [Obs.]
             The bow tortureth the string.         --Bacon.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are being tortured indicates that you are feeling victimized or helpless in some relationship or situation. Dreaming that you are torturing others indicates difficulties in carrying your goals and plans for success.