Definition of Torment

1. Noun. Unbearable physical pain.

Exact synonyms: Torture
Generic synonyms: Hurting, Pain
Derivative terms: Torture, Torturous

2. Verb. Torment emotionally or mentally. "The bad news will torment him"
Exact synonyms: Excruciate, Rack, Torture
Generic synonyms: Anguish, Hurt, Pain
Derivative terms: Excruciation, Rack, Tormenter, Tormenter, Tormentor, Torture, Torture, Torturer

3. Noun. Extreme mental distress.
Exact synonyms: Anguish, Torture
Generic synonyms: Distress, Hurt, Suffering
Derivative terms: Anguish, Anguish, Torture

4. Verb. Treat cruelly. "The performance is likely to torment Sue"; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"

5. Noun. Intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain. "The torments of the damned"
Exact synonyms: Agony, Torture
Generic synonyms: Hurt, Suffering
Derivative terms: Agonal, Agonise, Agonise, Agonist, Agonist, Torture, Torturous

6. Verb. Subject to torture. "They want to torment the prisoners "; "The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible"
Exact synonyms: Excruciate, Torture
Generic synonyms: Injure, Wound
Specialized synonyms: Rack, Martyr, Martyrise, Martyrize
Derivative terms: Excruciation, Excruciation, Tormenter, Tormenter, Torture, Torture, Torturer, Torturing

7. Noun. A feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented. "So great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his tormentors"
Exact synonyms: Harassment
Generic synonyms: Annoyance, Chafe, Vexation

8. Noun. A severe affliction.
Exact synonyms: Curse
Generic synonyms: Affliction

9. Noun. The act of harassing someone.
Exact synonyms: Badgering, Bedevilment, Worrying
Generic synonyms: Harassment, Molestation
Derivative terms: Bedevil, Worry

Definition of Torment

1. n. An engine for casting stones.

2. v. t. To put to extreme pain or anguish; to inflict excruciating misery upon, either of body or mind; to torture.

Definition of Torment

1. Noun. (obsolete) A catapult or other kind of war-engine. ¹

2. Noun. Torture, originally as inflicted by an instrument of torture. ¹

3. Noun. Any extreme pain, anguish or misery, either physical or mental. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To cause severe suffering to (stronger than ''to vex'' but weaker than ''to torture.'') ¹

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Definition of Torment

1. to inflict with great bodily or mental suffering [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Torment

1. 1. An engine for casting stones. 2. Extreme pain; anguish; torture; the utmost degree of misery, either of body or mind. "The more I see Pleasures about me, so much more I feel Torment within me." (Milton) 3. That which gives pain, vexation, or misery. "They brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments." (Matt. Iv. 24) Origin: OF. Torment, F. Tourment, fr. L. Tormentum an engine for hurling missiles, an instrument of torture, a rack, torture, fr. Torquere to turn, to twist, hurl. See Turture. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Torment

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of the Apostolic Church by James Hastings, John Alexander Selbie, John Chisholm Lambert (1918)
"Of physical torment in this life we have a few instances. In one passage the pangs of childbirth are likened to ' torment. The woman arrayed as the sun was ..."

2. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"S. Referring to what causes trouble: distress, vexation, torment, cross, curse, ... I. distress, disquiet, ail, worry, pain, vex, torment, plague, afflict, ..."

3. An exposition of the Creed by John Pearson (1857)
"And if the pretence of death will not prove an annihilation, or infer a conclusion of torment, much less will the bare phrases of perdition and destruction ..."

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