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torment

tor·ment

torment

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: tor ment
inflections: tormented, tormenting, torments
definition 1: to inflict great physical or mental anguish on.
The guards were known to mercilessly torment the prisoners.
synonyms:
anguish, harrow, plague
similar words:
afflict, agonize, crucify, distress, gnaw, outrage, punish, rack, scourge, torture
definition 2: to agitate, annoy, or pester.
As a child, her brother tormented her with his teasing.Just give the dog the bone and stop tormenting him!
synonyms:
annoy, badger, beleaguer, harass, harry, nettle, persecute, plague, trouble, vex
similar words:
devil, hound, irritate, nag, needle, offend, pester, worry
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: tor ment
definition 1: a state of great physical or mental anguish; agony.
The morphine eased the wounded soldier out of his torment.As slaves, they had lived a life of torment.
synonyms:
agony, anguish, grief, misery, pain, torture, tribulation
similar words:
affliction, distress, rack, sorrow, suffering, trial, vexation, woe
definition 2: that which causes this state.
The bully was a torment to the younger boys.
synonyms:
grief, misery, pain, sorrow, tribulation
similar words:
affliction, cross, persecution, plague, rack, scourge, trial, vexation
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derivations: tormentedly (adv.), tormentingly (adv.)
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