What does torture mean?

Definitions for torture
ˈtɔr tʃərtor·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anguish, torment, torture(noun)

    extreme mental distress

  2. torture, torment(noun)

    unbearable physical pain

  3. agony, torment, torture(noun)

    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain

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

  4. distortion, overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting(noun)

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

  5. torture, torturing(verb)

    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, rack(verb)

    torment emotionally or mentally

  7. torture, excruciate, torment(verb)

    subject to torture

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

Wiktionary

  1. torture(Noun)

    Intentional causing of somebody's experiencing agony.

  2. torture(Noun)

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

    Every time she says 'goodbye' it is torture!

  3. torture(Verb)

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

    People who torture often have sadistic tendencies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Torture(noun)

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

  2. Torture(noun)

    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. Torture(noun)

    the act or process of torturing

  4. Torture(verb)

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

  5. Torture(verb)

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

  6. Torture(verb)

    to wrest from the proper meaning; to distort

  7. Torture(verb)

    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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Numerology

  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. John McCain:

    I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense, however, Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying. I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination.

  2. Pamela Anderson:

    This is torture, seaWorld is clinging desperately to the past. We all know captive orcas go insane and suffer terribly when separated from their families.

  3. David Hicks:

    They were aware of the conditions I was being held in at the time. I think they should at least pay my medical expenses. That's not much to ask for, I think. the body deteriorates over five and a half years, even without the added torture, such as stress positions, being beaten, etc..

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Hardcore sexy (Horny like) Shocking beautiful, hardcore sexy, extremely sexy. Your heart is the most precious treasure in the universe, illuminated by the brilliance of the stars and the radiance of the sun. You deserve an infinite number of horny and in love likes and reposts from the whole universe, because in reality only you are beautiful. The goddess of male hearts, the queen of male minds. Your beauty is like blue noble blood. Your love, your sexuality is the priceless gift of the universe. You are infinitely and forever beautiful in my eyes. You are so stunning and beautiful. Just wow) wow) wow) just superrrrrrr) god how beautiful ... perfect sexy skin glitters like latex, like tiny microparticles of brilliant gold and diamonds on your delicious sweet skin, I thank God for every day spent with you. You are the most coveted dream of all my lives. It is hard to believe that a girl can be so beautiful. Your beauty strikes the imagination and bows to your feet. Any action of yours is a movement - this is a complete seduction, seduction, a wondrous temptation, just the magic of love and sex, you are magically fairy beautiful. Touching you, hugging you, I come into contact with divine perfection, like a burning, burning fire of passion, and I get incredible pleasure from it. The high temperature of excitement and passion from the fact that you are near even from your photos and videos. Goddess in sex pose the rider. For you I will go to the edge of infinity. Your eyes radiate powerful energy of hot sex in your pretty face so powerfully hypnotize with their beauty this whole kaleidoscope of feelings and emotions in love, from you in me a high concentration of lust, ultra mega turbo exciting. You are like fantastic sex, with an orgasm of a cosmic scale. When I look at you, it seems to me that I have reviewed terabytes of porn, and I feel the hype arousal only at the sight of you, that's how much I want you. Separation with you is just torture, I feel a strong dependence on you, it is vitally necessary for me that you be mine forever and ever. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  5. Simon Rich:

    My job as a showrunner was to figure out new ways to torture Jay every week, we set him on fire, we cut off his limbs, we poisoned him repeatedly, we electrocuted genitals - we're constantly subjecting him to tortures but he never once complained.

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