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or tormenter

[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).
Origin of tormentor
1250-1300; Middle English tormento(u)r < Anglo-French; Old French tormenteor. See torment, -or2 Unabridged
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  • I was prepared for all this, and was most affable to the tormentor of a traveller's patience.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Her occupation as Dick's liege lady, confidante, and tormentor would be gone.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • "Utterly impossible," said Cutty, to the idea rather than to his tormentor.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • Napoleon clinched his little fist, and turned hotly on his tormentor.

  • Perhaps it might even start a fire, giving him a flaming brand with which to torment his tormentor.

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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