• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tormenting Causing torment; as, a tormenting dream.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tormenting causing torment
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  • Lord Chesterfield
    “In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice; because I will not have anybody's torments in this world or the next laid to my charge.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Some of your grief you have cured, and lived to survive; but what torments of pain have you endured that haven't as yet arrived.”
  • Laurence Sterne
    “Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world -- though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst -- the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!”
  • Dick Gregory
    Dick Gregory
    “Riches do not delight us so much with their possession, as torment us with their loss.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Solitude is the despair of fools, the torment of the wicked, and the joy of the good.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite, and an accomplishment.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. tormentum, an engine for hurling stones—L. torquēre, to twist.


In literature:

Is it such torment to be with me?
"Lady Into Fox" by David Garnett
In the midst of her torments she did not reproach her tormentors.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VII" by John Lord
That evening Sarah Gailey was in torment from the pain in her wrists.
"Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
Then the Lady Moeva was in great torment of soul, and beat her breast and tore her hair and King Meliadus had much ado for to comfort her.
"The Story of the Champions of the Round Table" by Howard Pyle
And, in either case, will not the remembrance of thy ever-during guilt, and transitory triumph, be a torment of torments to thee?
"Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Twenty minutes later, shaved and dressed, he descended upon his guest, who sat in torment, on a hall-tree shelf, in Stygian darkness.
"Bambi" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
After tormenting the wearied old man in this way until nearly midnight he permitted him to go to his quarters.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
After tormenting the wearied old man in this way until nearly midnight he permitted him to go to his quarters.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Count Malvesi left her in all the torments of frenzy.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
She hid the torment in her heart, and seemed neither troubled nor downcast.
"French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France" by Marie de France
Frau Wille was another torment to Minna, but Frau Wesendonck was more.
"The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 2" by Rupert Hughes
Whoever reads our sacred book is compelled to believe it or suffer forever the torments of the lost.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 2 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
If you do not obey me here, God will punish you now and torment you forever in another world.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 3 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
This Pain, or rather Torment, if in an acute Degree, commonly happens very suddenly, and often after some heating Cause.
"Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health" by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
It must be by mistake that those who have invented the torments of hell have forgotten to ascribe thee the first place among them.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. I (of VI), "Venetian Years" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The poor man looked as grievously tormented as St. Laurence on his gridiron.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. VI (of VI), "Spanish Passions" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
One of them the other day happened to be in an exceedingly troublesome and tormenting mood.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
What has happened; what is tormenting you?
"Jeremiah" by Stefan Zweig
Now in poverty and desolation, his body wrecked by disease, he lies tormented and helpless.
"Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job" by Robert Watson
Jealousy is a passion for which my mind is not framed, and which I must not find a torment, but an impossibility!
"Camilla" by Fanny Burney

In poetry:

More than ten thousand devils stand
Around the damn'd, a dreadful band,
And to torment them never cease,
Without an hour, or moment's ease.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren, (Part 2­), Or A Description Of Hell, An" by Rees Prichard
Come, weep no more, for 'tis in vain;
Torment not thus your pretty heart;
Think, Flavia, we may meet again,
As well as that we now must part.
"Songs Set To Music: 4. Set" by Matthew Prior
LOVE's torments sought a place of rest,
Where all might drear and lonely be;
They found ere long my desert breast,
And nestled in its vacancy.
"Book Of Love - Love's Torments" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Dear! from thine arms then let me fly,
That my fantastic mind may prove
The torments it deserves to try
That tears my fixed heart from my love.
"Absent of Thee I Languish Still" by Lord John Wilmot
I wonder what those lovers mean, who say
They have giv'n their hearts away.
Some good kind lover tell me how;
For mine is but a torment to me now.
"The Given Heart" by Abraham Cowley
I hear Christ issue his commands
To have me bound fast, feet and hands,
And thrown down to the nether gloom,
Where nought but woes and torments come!
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Compliance and its Law Abiding Tormenters.
Amanda Todd's suicide: Should Anonymous have outed her alleged tormenter online.
Mystery of a Mother's Choice Continues to Torment Sisters.
Norah O'Donnell and Anthony Mason laugh as a raccoon is tormented by chimpanzees.
"Fear has torment" is a phrase from the word that speaks volumes.
The first Raw SuperShow of 2012 offered plenty of surprises for the WWE Universe and the WWE Superstars, as Kane continued to torment John Cena with his message of hate , and Chris Jericho lit up Memphis with an unexpected return.
In 1986, Rutger Hauer tormented C. Thomas Howell and Jennifer Jason Leigh in "The Hitcher ".
LSU defense torments Washington's Keith Price, paced by four sacks and seven QB hurries .
One of the tormented children in "Bully".
Basketball Legend Shares A ' Charmed , Tormented Life'.
Nightmares of murder tripped up Taurus Aquarius Baker, who was convicted Friday of the 2006 carjacking and killing that tormented his dreams.
The painful decision to terminate a pregnancy is now—thanks to Texas' harsh new law—just the beginning of the torment.
The law threatens criminal penalties against students who use a computer to intimidate or torment school employees.
British TV cops are a tormented lot.
Coming Soon To Torment The Twins .