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[tawr-men-ter, tawr-men-] /tɔrˈmɛn tər, ˈtɔr mɛn-/
a person or thing that torments.
Theater. a curtain or framed structure behind the proscenium at both sides of the stage, for screening the wings from the audience.
Compare teaser (def 2).
Also, tormenter.
Origin of tormentor
1250-1300; Middle English tormento(u)r < Anglo-French; Old French tormenteor. See torment, -or2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Now new insights into the mechanisms behind the condition may at last help us control that formidable tormentor.
  • The tormentor would then drop the accused onto the pyramid penetrating both orifices.
  • But few of them could hide their admiration for their tormentor.
  • Finally, she says it's water, but her tormentor still wins when he makes her admit she doesn't know what the letters stand for.
  • Her tormentor told her she was chosen for her beauty.
  • His tormentor occupies a prominent position at a major opera house.
  • The poor wretch turned and looked at his tormentor and his lips slightly opened, but he did not struggle.
  • His long trunk was suddenly twisted around the body of his nearest tormentor.
  • Your professional people made fun of a guy that got scanned until he became unhinged and attacked his tormentor.
  • He uses it against tormentor, causing him to turn to dust upon contact with its power.
British Dictionary definitions for tormentor


a person or thing that torments
a curtain or movable piece of stage scenery at either side of the proscenium arch, used to mask lights or exits and entrances
(films) a panel of sound-insulating material placed outside the field of the camera to control the acoustics on the sound stage
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Word Origin and History for tormentor

late 13c., from Anglo-French tormentour, Old French tourmenteur, agent noun of Latin tormentare (see torment (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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