|1.||to afflict with great pain, suffering, or anguish; torture|
|2.||to tease or pester in an annoying way: stop tormenting the dog|
|3.||physical or mental pain|
|4.||a source of pain, worry, annoyance, etc|
|5.||archaic an instrument of torture|
|6.||archaic the infliction of torture|
|[C13: from Old French, from Latin tormentum, from torquēre]|
Gr. basanos (Matt. 4:24), the "touch-stone" of justice; hence inquisition by torture, and then any disease which racks and tortures the limbs.