anguish, torment, torture(noun)
extreme mental distress
unbearable physical pain
agony, torment, torture(noun)
intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
"an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned"
distortion, overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting(noun)
the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason
"it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession"
torment, torture, excruciate, rack(verb)
torment emotionally or mentally
torture, excruciate, torment(verb)
subject to torture
"The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible"
Intentional causing of somebody's experiencing agony.
The "suffering of the heart" imposed by one on another, as in personal relationships.
Every time she says 'goodbye' it is torture!
To intentionally inflict severe pain or suffering on (someone).
People who torture often have sadistic tendencies.
extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; pang; agony; torment; as, torture of mind
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
the act or process of torturing
to put to torture; to pain extremely; to harass; to vex
to punish with torture; to put to the rack; as, to torture an accused person
to wrest from the proper meaning; to distort
to keep on the stretch, as a bow
Torture is the practice or act of deliberately inflicting severe physical pain and possibly injury on a person, though psychological and animal torture also exist. Torture has been carried out or sanctioned by individuals, groups and states throughout history from ancient times to modern day, and forms of torture can vary greatly in duration from only a few minutes to several days or even longer. Reasons for torture can include punishment, revenge, political re-education, deterrence, interrogation or coercion of the victim or a third party, or simply the sadistic gratification of those carrying out or observing the torture. The torturer may or may not intend to kill or injure the victim, but sometimes torture is deliberately fatal and can accompany forms of murder or capital punishment. The aim may also be to inflict pain but without causing fatal injury, or sometimes any injury at all. In other cases, the torturer may be indifferent to the condition of the victim. There is also torture that can be fatal eventually, but where attempts are made not to kill the victim quickly to prolong the length of time of the suffering. Although historically torture was sanctioned by some states, torture in the 21st century is prohibited under international law and the domestic laws of most countries. It is considered to be a violation of human rights, and is declared to be unacceptable by Article 5 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Signatories of the Third Geneva Convention and Fourth Geneva Convention officially agree not to torture prisoners in armed conflicts. Torture is also prohibited by the United Nations Convention Against Torture, which has been ratified by 147 countries.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tor′tūr, 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—torquēre.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The intentional infliction of physical or mental suffering upon an individual or individuals, including the torture of animals.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
As defined by Title 18, US Code, Section 2340, it is any act committed by a person acting under color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control.
The numerical value of torture in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of torture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
They torture the children – mostly flogging, beating on the hands and feet, and psychological torture.
The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.
Hell means torture; torture means badness. Goodness cannot create or produce badness. Hell does not belong to God; it has been invented by the horrific and sick minded people.
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.
Images & Illustrations of torture
Translations for torture
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- تعزيب, عزّبArabic
- torturar, torturaCatalan, Valencian
- muka, mučeníCzech
- tortere, tortur, torturereDanish
- foltern, Tortur, FolterGerman
- βασανιστήρια, βασανίζω, βασανιστήριοGreek
- torturi, torturoEsperanto
- torturar, torturaSpanish
- kidutus, kiduttaaFinnish
- torture, torturerFrench
- torturar, torturaGalician
- kínszenvedés, kínzás, kínozHungarian
- խոշտանգել, խոշտանգում, կտտանք, չարչարանքArmenian
- 고문, 拷問Korean
- marteling, martelen, folterenDutch
- tortur, torturereNorwegian
- tortura, torturarPortuguese
- chin, chinui, torturaRomanian
- истязание, пытать, мучение, страдание, мучить, пытка, мукаRussian
- tortera, tortyrSwedish
Get even more translations for torture »
Find a translation for the torture definition in other languages:
Select another language: