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Definitions of torture

  1. intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain; "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. extreme mental distress Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. torment emotionally or mentally Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. subject to torture Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. unbearable physical pain Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. the act of torturing someone; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. subject to torture; "The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; pang; agony; torment; as, torture of mind. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. 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
  11. The act or process of torturing. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To put to torture; to pain extremely; to harass; to vex. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To punish with torture; to put to the rack; as, to torture an accused person. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To wrest from the proper meaning; to distort. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To keep on the stretch, as a bow. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The intentional infliction of physical or mental suffering upon an individual or individuals, including the torture of animals. Medical 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. To punish with, or as with, torture; put to the rack. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. Tortured. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. Torturing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Torturer. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. 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.
  23. To put to torture or to the rack: to put to extreme pain: to annoy: to vex. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. Extreme pain; the infliction of great pain; torment. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. To inflict extreme pain upon. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. To inflict extreme pain upon; cause to suffer keenly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Intense suffering; agony. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. tor't[=u]r, n. a putting to the rack or severe pain to extort a confession, or as a punishment: extreme pain: anguish of body or mind.--v.t. to put to torture or to the rack: to put to extreme pain: to annoy: to vex.--n. TOR'TURER.--adv. TOR'TURINGLY, in a torturing manner: so as to torment or punish.--adj. TOR'TUROUS, causing torture. [Late L. tortura, torment--torqu[=e]re.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  33. Infliction of severe bodily pain e.g. as punishment or means of persuasion, as was put to the t.; severe physical or mental pain. (V.t.) subject to t., as tortured with neuralgia, tight boots, anxiety; (fig.) force out of natural position or state, pervert meaning of (words, passage). Hence torturable, torturous, aa., torturer n., torturingly adv. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  34. n. [French, Italian, Latin] Extreme pain ; anguish of body or mind; pang; agony; torment;-especially, severe pain inflicted judicially, either as a punishment for a crime, or for the purpose of extorting a confession. Cabinet Dictionary

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