“torture in police detention [has] increased dramatically with the uprising,” she says.
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torture—it was a single, silent word, spoken before unwitting captors, from the eyes of the victim to the eyes of the world.
torture “is the big white elephant in the room,” said Heba Morayef, a Cairo-based researcher with Human Rights Watch.
torture seems to have been unnecessary; there was no exhibition of obstinacy, and no burnings.
torture comes, in the minds of many of us, to be not only His main function but His only function.
torture to the extent of ten lashes was applied; then once more the question was put.
torture had been threatened, the fire had been threatened; what was left?
torture was revived for the purpose of extorting revelations of crimes which had never been committed.
early 15c., "contortion, twisting, distortion," from Old French torture "infliction of great pain, great pain, agony," and directly from Late Latin torture "a twisting, writhing, torture, torment," from stem of Latin torquere "to twist, turn, wind, wring, distort" (see thwart).
1580s, from torture (n.). Related: Tortured; torturing.