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Definitions of torture

  1. To put to torture; to pain extremely; to harass; to vex. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To punish with torture; to put to the rack; as, to torture an accused person. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To wrest from the proper meaning; to distort. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To keep on the stretch, as a bow. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To punish with, or as with, torture; put to the rack. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To inflict extreme pain upon; cause to suffer keenly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. torment emotionally or mentally Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. subject to torture Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. To torment; to punish with torture; to put to the rack; to harass. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To pain extremely; to put to the rack; to torment; to harass; to vex. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. Torturing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. unbearable physical pain Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. the act of torturing someone; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; pang; agony; torment; as, torture of mind. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Especially, severe pain inflicted judicially, either as punishment for a crime, or for the purpose of extorting a confession from an accused person, as by water or fire, by the boot or thumbkin, or by the rack or wheel. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The act or process of torturing. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Agony of mind or body; extreme pain; infliction of pain as a punishment. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. Torturer. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. A putting to the rack or severe pain to extort a confession, or as a punishment: extreme pain: anguish of body or mind. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. Extreme pain; the infliction of great pain; torment. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. Intense suffering; agony. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; torment; severe pain inflicted judicially, often for the sake of extorting confession. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; torment; pain inflicted as a punishment, or for the purpose of extorting a confession. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  24. Tortured. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for torture

  1. But she laughed and looked at him with eyes that at once gave him courage to wait and made it torture to wait. – The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin
  2. The torture of the captives was child's play. – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
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