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torture

tor·ture

torture

 
 
pronunciation:
tor chr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the causing of intense physical pain to a person or animal for the purpose of terrorizing, cruel amusement, or forcing the disclosure of information.
The interrogators used torture on their captives.The information was extracted by means of torture.
similar words:
abuse, brutality, coercion, persecution, terrorism
definition 2: the means of inflicting such pain.
The rack was an infamous torture.
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
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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
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derivations: torturous (adj.), torturingly (adv.), torturer (n.)
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