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torture

tor·ture

torture

 
pronunciation:
tor chr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the causing of intense physical pain to a defenseless person as a means of terrorizing or of forcing the disclosure of information, esp. as used by dictatorial governments.
similar words:
abuse, brutality, coercion, persecution, terrorism
definition 2: the means of inflicting such pain.
similar words:
iron maiden, rack, thumbscrews, water torture
definition 3: great mental anguish or pain.
synonyms:
agony, anguish, torment
similar words:
distress, hell, misery, pain, rack, tribulation, woe
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: tortured, tortures, torturing
definition 1: to cause great physical pain to (a defenseless person) as a means of terrorizing or of forcing the disclosure of information.
synonyms:
rack, torment
similar words:
agonize, coerce, crucify, ill-treat, maltreat, martyr, mistreat, mutilate, outrage, persecute
definition 2: to twist or force out of shape; distort.
synonyms:
deform, distort, twist
similar words:
misshape, mutilate
derivations: torturous (adj.), torturingly (adv.), torturer (n.)
Word Parts
The word torture contains the following parts:
tort Latin root that means twist