a state of great bodily or mental suffering; agony; misery.
something that causes great bodily or mental pain or suffering.
a source of much trouble, worry, or annoyance.
an instrument of torture, as the rack or the thumbscrew.
the infliction of torture by means of such an instrument or the torture so inflicted.
(noun) Middle English
< Old French
< Latin tormentum
rope, catapult, torture < *torkw-ment-
); (v.) Middle English tormenten
< Old French tormenter,
derivative of torment
(compare Late Latin tormentāre
tormentedly, adverbtormentingly, adverbtormentingness, noununtormented, adjectiveuntormenting, adjectiveuntormentingly, adverb
harry, hector, vex, distress, agonize. T orment
suggest causing great physical or mental pain, suffering, or harassment. T o torment
is to afflict or harass as by incessant repetition of vexations or annoyances: to be tormented by doubts.
T o rack
is to affect with such pain as that suffered by one stretched on a rack; to concentrate with painful effort: to rack one's brains.
T o torture
is to afflict with acute and more or less protracted suffering: to torture one by keeping one in suspense. 2.
plague, pester, tease, provoke, needle, trouble, fret. 4.
torture, distress, anguish.