What does torture mean?

Definitions for torture
ˈtɔr tʃərtor·ture

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. anguish, torment, torturenoun

    extreme mental distress

  2. torture, tormentnoun

    unbearable physical pain

  3. agony, torment, torturenoun

    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain

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

  4. distortion, overrefinement, straining, torture, twistingnoun

    the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean

  5. torture, torturingverb

    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"

  6. torment, torture, excruciate, rackverb

    torment emotionally or mentally

  7. torture, excruciate, tormentverb

    subject to torture

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

Wiktionary

  1. torturenoun

    Intentional causing of somebody's experiencing agony.

  2. torturenoun

    The "suffering of the heart" imposed by one on another, as in personal relationships.

    Every time she says 'goodbye' it is torture!

  3. tortureverb

    To intentionally inflict severe pain or suffering on (someone).

    People who torture often have sadistic tendencies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Torturenoun

    extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; pang; agony; torment; as, torture of mind

  2. Torturenoun

    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

  3. Torturenoun

    the act or process of torturing

  4. Tortureverb

    to put to torture; to pain extremely; to harass; to vex

  5. Tortureverb

    to punish with torture; to put to the rack; as, to torture an accused person

  6. Tortureverb

    to wrest from the proper meaning; to distort

  7. Tortureverb

    to keep on the stretch, as a bow

Freebase

  1. Torture

    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

  1. Torture

    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

  1. Torture

    The intentional infliction of physical or mental suffering upon an individual or individuals, including the torture of animals.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. torture

    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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of torture in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of torture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of torture in a Sentence

  1. Carlos Labada:

    The girl is subjected to psychological torture. Every day (authorities) tell her, Were going to deport you, were going to deport you, it would be like a living death.

  2. Meliton Ortega:

    We came to tell authorities and the Mexican government that as parents we cannot allow the elections, they have been six months of torture, of suffering for us.

  3. Juan Pablo Badillo:

    ' It is brutal torture,' he told me, this is what was done by Stalin in the '40s and '50s in Russia.

  4. Mitch McConnell:

    As the days turn to weeks, I know we're all eager to come together and collaborate on ways we can continue to honor John McCain memory, generation after generation of Americans will hear about the cocky pilot who barely scraped through Annapolis, but then defended our nation in the skies. Witnessed to our highest values even through terrible torture. Captured the country's imagination through national campaigns that spotlighted many of our highest values and became so integral to the United States Russell Senate, where our nation airs and advances its great debates.

  5. Nicholas Alahverdian:

    People were losing jobs and agencies were losing contracts because of my exposure of this broken system. My political activism would soon lead to suffering an inordinate amount of torture, abuse, and pain — and it was orchestrated by the most powerful people in Rhode Island. ”

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