I called to her, but she slipped away with a tormenting smile at my helpless hands, and I followed her with some impatience.
But in its humor is a clear lesson: It is imperative that an exorcist not stoop to the juvenile level of the tormenting fiend.
The coach of the William McKinley High School Cheerios is a ruthless bully, tormenting both students and teachers alike.
late 13c., "inflicting of torture," also "state of great suffering," from Old French tourment (11c.), from Latin tormentum "twisted sling, rack," related to torquere "to twist" (see thwart).
late 13c., from Old French tormenter (12c.), from Latin tormentare, from tormentum (see torment (n.)). Related: Tormented; tormenting.
Gr. basanos (Matt. 4:24), the "touch-stone" of justice; hence inquisition by torture, and then any disease which racks and tortures the limbs.