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Definitions of torture

  1. intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain; " an agony of doubt"; " the torments of the damned"
  2. torment emotionally or mentally
  3. subject to torture
  4. unbearable physical pain
  5. the act of torturing someone; " it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession"
  6. subject to torture; " The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible"
  7. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; pang; agony; torment; as, torture of mind.
  8. 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.
  9. The act or process of torturing.
  10. To put to torture; to pain extremely; to harass; to vex.
  11. To punish with torture; to put to the rack; as, to torture an accused person.
  12. To wrest from the proper meaning; to distort.
  13. To keep on the stretch, as a bow.
  14. Agony of mind or body; extreme pain; infliction of pain as a punishment.
  15. To punish with, or as with, torture; put to the rack.
  16. Tortured.
  17. Torturing.
  18. Torturer.
  19. A putting to the rack or severe pain to extort a confession, or as a punishment: extreme pain: anguish of body or mind.
  20. Extreme pain; the infliction of great pain; torment.
  21. To inflict extreme pain upon; cause to suffer keenly.
  22. Intense suffering; agony.
  23. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; torment; severe pain inflicted judicially, often for the sake of extorting confession.
  24. To torment; to punish with torture; to put to the rack; to harass.
  25. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; torment; pain inflicted as a punishment, or for the purpose of extorting a confession.
  26. To pain extremely; to put to the rack; to torment; to harass; to vex.
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Usage examples for torture

  1. But she laughed and looked at him with eyes that at once gave him courage to wait and made it torture to wait. – The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin
  2. The torture of the captives was child's play. – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  3. Do you think I can rest here while they torture him? – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  4. Why should Miss Bland wish to torture Angelo's wife, even if she knew anything? – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  5. He had lost count of the days, and had begun to feel that the trial was an eternity of torture in itself. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  6. " I had no wish to torture you, but if you like I will come to the point. – Jess by H. Rider Haggard
  7. Nothing is real torture if you can see your way to revenge it- if only in imagination. – We Three by Gouverneur Morris
  8. It was torture- you know not what torture- and life is short. – A Breath of Prairie and other stories by Will Lillibridge
  9. Did they torture you badly, Pharaoh? – In the Days of Drake by J. S. Fletcher
  10. What kind of torture was this, anyway? – Man of Many Minds by E. Everett Evans
  11. O our Lady of Torture, what care? – Poems & Ballads (First Series) by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  12. This sounds awful enough, but when we consider that there is no refinement of torture that has not been practised upon them, then something within one gets up and shouts for revenge. – My War Experiences in Two Continents by Sarah Macnaughtan
  13. It sounds like torture! – Black Oxen by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  14. He knew well how useless it would be to put up any fight, but he was determined not to give in to the torture without a struggle. – The Blind Lion of the Congo by Elliott Whitney
  15. Death and shame and torture or a thousand doubloons. – Fair Margaret by H. Rider Haggard
  16. I knew you would not torture me with a request that I should marry a man I did not love. – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  17. Yet, to put an end to my torture, I did not know what to decide. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  18. That night he slept sweetly, rid of the intolerable torture of being eaten up alive. – American Prisoners of the Revolution by Danske Dandridge
  19. The real torture, the agony of suspense began then. – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
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