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Definitions for torment
tɔrˈmɛnt, ˈtɔr mɛnt; ˈtɔr mɛnttor·ment

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word torment.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. torture, tormentnoun

    unbearable physical pain

  2. anguish, torment, torturenoun

    extreme mental distress

  3. agony, torment, torturenoun

    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain

    "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned"

  4. harassment, tormentnoun

    a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented

    "so great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his tormentors"

  5. curse, tormentnoun

    a severe affliction

  6. badgering, worrying, torment, bedevilmentverb

    the act of harassing someone

  7. torment, torture, excruciate, rackverb

    torment emotionally or mentally

  8. torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrateverb

    treat cruelly

    "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"

  9. torture, excruciate, tormentverb

    subject to torture

    "The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible"

Wiktionary

  1. tormentnoun

    A catapult or other kind of war-engine.

  2. tormentnoun

    Torture, originally as inflicted by an instrument of torture.

  3. tormentnoun

    Any extreme pain, anguish or misery, either physical or mental.

    He was bitter from the torments of the insipid divorce system.

  4. tormentverb

    To cause severe suffering to (stronger than to vex but weaker than to torture.)

    The child tormented the flies by pulling their wings off.

  5. Etymology: torment, from tormentum

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Tormentnoun

    Etymology: tourmenter, Fr.

    No sleep close up that deadly eye of thine,
    Unless it be while some tormenting dream
    Affrights thee with a hell of ugly devils. William Shakespeare.

    I am glad to be constrain’d to utter what
    Torments me to conceal. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Art thou come to torment us before the time? Mat. viii.

    They soaring on main wing
    Tormented all the air. John Milton.

  2. TORMENTnoun

    Etymology: tourment, French.

    They brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and he healed them. Mat.

    No prisoners there, inforc’d by torments, cry;
    But fearless by their old tormentors lie. George Sandys, Paraph.

    Not sharp revenge, not hell itself can find
    A fiercer torment than a guilty mind,
    Which day and night doth dreadfully accuse,
    Condemns the wretch, and still the charge renews. Dryd.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tormentnoun

    an engine for casting stones

  2. Tormentnoun

    extreme pain; anguish; torture; the utmost degree of misery, either of body or mind

  3. Tormentnoun

    that which gives pain, vexation, or misery

  4. Tormentverb

    to put to extreme pain or anguish; to inflict excruciating misery upon, either of body or mind; to torture

  5. Tormentverb

    to pain; to distress; to afflict

  6. Tormentverb

    to tease; to vex; to harass; as, to be tormented with importunities, or with petty annoyances

  7. Tormentverb

    to put into great agitation

Freebase

  1. Torment

    Torment is the second set in the Odyssey Block for the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. This expansion set, which focused on black, is unique in that it is the first set to focus on a single color. It has 40 Black cards, 28 Blue cards, 28 Red cards, 21 Green Cards and 21 White cards. This imbalance is, however, balanced by the release of the third expansion set in the Odyssey Block, Judgment.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Torment

    tor′ment, n. torture: anguish: that which causes pain.—v.t. Torment′, to torture: to put to extreme pain, physical or mental: to distress: to afflict.—p.adj. Tormen′ted (U.S.), a euphemism for damned.—adj. Tormen′ting, causing torment.—adv. Tormen′tingly, in a tormenting manner.—ns. Tormen′tor, -er, one who, or that which, torments: (B.) a torturer, an executioner: a long meat-fork: a wing in the first groove of a stage; Tormen′tum, a whirligig. [O. Fr.,—L. tormentum, an engine for hurling stones—L. torquēre, to twist.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of torment in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of torment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of torment in a Sentence

  1. Shannon Stewart:

    Today's society has decided it's better to assume, deceive or lie to ourselves to spare our own feelings. When accepted the truth will set us free. Anything aside from that will torment us. Feelings are made from thoughts; thoughts can be controled. We fall in love because we THINK about how wonderful someone is; we hate because we can't stop THINKING about what they did to us. In the end, WE control our own thoughts and feelings.

  2. XinR Alarm:

    Because it’s the pain that brings me pleasure It’s that torment that I treasure It’s the suffering that keeps me alive It’s in this misery that I thrive

  3. Emil Cioran:

    Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite, and an accomplishment.

  4. William Blake:

    As I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius which to Angels look like torment and insanity. I collected some of their Proverbs.

  5. Frank Crane:

    You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.

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