instrument of torture

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n instrument of torture an instrument of punishment designed and used to inflict torture on the condemned person
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Usage

In literature:

The spotted man instantly seized Mr. Judson, threw him on the floor, and produced the small cord, the instrument of torture.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
The instrument of torture was special; double twisted and knotted cords: 100 lashes were given, and repeated at short intervals.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
The professor, having his victim on the ground before him, takes up his instrument of torture.
"The Cannibal Islands" by R.M. Ballantyne
Every spook has its own instrument of torture.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
Every spook has its own instrument of torture.
"Tales of Fantasy and Fact" by Brander Matthews
An iron collar was afterwards added to his instruments of torture.
"The True Story Book"
Some one describes it as being a cross between a cab and an instrument of torture.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
A veritable bazaar of torture instruments.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Our fathers reasoned with instruments of torture.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
But I forbore, and only took as trophies the instruments of torture and the keys of the jail.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 90, April, 1865" by Various
In the history of France we read that a certain king wanted some new instrument to torture his prisoners with.
"Sowing and Reaping" by Dwight Moody
The common domestic piano is rightly regarded by many people as being little better than an instrument of torture.
"Twentieth Century Inventions" by George Sutherland
This shrub was formerly used by the natives as an instrument of torture in their witchcraft.
"The Story of Sitka" by C. L. Andrews
The P. T. machine, rumor said, was actually an instrument of torture and death.
"A Thought For Tomorrow" by Robert E. Gilbert
Bedlam with trumpets and other instruments of torture.
"A Frenchman in America" by Max O'Rell
There was a room filled with instruments of torture, diabolical inventions, recalling the days of the Inquisition.
"An American Girl Abroad" by Adeline Trafton
People amuse themselves with their future instrument of torture as if it were a toy.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
Candles illumined other instruments, the purpose of all of which was torture.
"The Buttoned Sky" by Geoff St. Reynard
Don't you go home, Madam, and hasten to get off that instrument of torture, and luxuriate in the freedom you obtain thereby?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865" by Various
This was the clumsy, heavy instrument of torture with which Tifum designed to encumber Selim's body.
"My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave" by Henry M. Stanley
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In poetry:

E--Seven Germans through my garden lately strayed
And all on instruments of torture played:
They blew, they screamed, they yelled: how can I paint
Unless my room is quiet, which it ain't?
"Eclogue:Composed at Cannes, December 9th, 1867" by Edward Lear
Your dayntie voyce and warbling breath
Sound like a sentence pass'd for death;
Your dangling tresses are become
Like instruments of finall doome.
O if an Angell torture so,
When life is done where shall I goe?
"Keepe On Your Maske And Hide Your Eye" by William Strode

In news:

Kathryn Bigelow's new film 'Zero Dark Thirty' suggests torture was instrumental in the capture of Osma bin Laden.
13 years in development, 150 hours of game time, 5,000 pages of text, 4 instruments of torture – the new RPG 'Inquisitor' looks ambitious and gritty.
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