torment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v torment subject to torture "The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible"
    • v torment torment emotionally or mentally
    • v torment treat cruelly "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
    • n torment the act of harassing someone
    • n torment a severe affliction
    • n torment intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain "an agony of doubt","the torments of the damned"
    • n torment extreme mental distress
    • n torment a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented "so great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his tormentors"
    • n torment unbearable physical pain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Torment (Mil. Antiq) An engine for casting stones.
    • Torment 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."
    • Torment That which gives pain, vexation, or misery. "They brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments ."
    • Torment To pain; to distress; to afflict. "Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented ."
    • Torment To put into great agitation. "They], soaring on main wing, tormented all the air."
    • Torment To put to extreme pain or anguish; to inflict excruciating misery upon, either of body or mind; to torture. "Art thou come hither to torment us before our time?"
    • Torment To tease; to vex; to harass; as, to be tormented with importunities, or with petty annoyances.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n torment An engine of war for casting stones, darts, or other missiles; a tormentum.
    • n torment An instrument of torture, as the rack, the thumbscrew, or the wheel; also, the application of such an instrument, or the torture caused by it.
    • n torment Hence, anything which causes great pain or suffering; a source of trouble, sorrow, or anguish.
    • n torment A state of suffering, bodily or mental; misery; agony.
    • n torment An object of torture; a victim.
    • n torment A tempest; a tornado.
    • n torment Synonyms Anguish, Torture, etc. See agony.
    • torment To put to torment, as with the rack or the wheel; torture.
    • torment To bring suffering or misery upon; pain; plague; distress; afflict.
    • torment To twist; distort.
    • torment To throw into agitation; disturb greatly.
    • torment Synonyms To agonize, rack, excruciate.
    • torment Plague, Worry, etc. (See tease.) Trouble, Distress, etc. See afflict.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Torment tor′ment torture: anguish: that which causes pain
    • v.t Torment to torture: to put to extreme pain, physical or mental: to distress: to afflict
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “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.”
  • Washington Irving
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    “Marriage is the torment of one, the felicity of two, the strife and enmity of three.”
  • E. M. Cioran
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    “The mind is the result of the torments the flesh undergoes or inflicts upon itself.”
  • Dick Gregory
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    “Riches do not delight us so much with their possession, as torment us with their loss.”
  • Joseph Addison
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    “To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Solitude is the despair of fools, the torment of the wicked, and the joy of the good.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

We seem perversely bent on tormenting and being tormented.
"The Continental Monthly, Volume V. Issue I" by Various
Renovales' better nature felt tormented with a painful remorse.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
A better pride sustained her; she felt the danger in these subtleties of her torment.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
There she lies to this day in pain and torment.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
Delight me, and torment, content me, and afflict.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts,(1 of 2) (Gli Eroici Furori)" by Giordano Bruno
In his dreams he beheld the place of torment with all its horrors.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
She wanted Sebastiano for her very own, and the thought of his freedom when away tormented her.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Why do you thus torment them?
"Dulcibel" by Henry Peterson
Feeble and sickly is the best culture we can give to a mind locked in a feeble and tormented body.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
There is a fear which has no torment.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Nowe what greater hell is there, what greater torment, then enuie?
"A Discourse of Life and Death, by Mornay; and Antonius by Garnier" by Philippe de Mornay
But yet why do I torment myself?
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
It indeed would prolong his torments, and postpone his death.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
All about the mysteries and the torments of life.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
And he carried me immediately away, to deliver me up to fresh torments.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
But the dreams ceased to torment her.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
But I calmly silenced her, in the midst of a vulgar harangue, and turning to him, asked, 'Why he vainly tormented me?
"Posthumous Works" by Mary Wollstonecraft
You are only tormenting me, and tormenting yourself.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
They'll always be a Torment till destroy'd, And sent all headlong to the Devil's Kitchen.
"Ponteach" by Robert Rogers
His torment was the remorse of proving a traitor to his dead uncle's glory.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
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In poetry:

POLEMIUS.
Wouldst thou then the torment fly,
Thou hast only to deny
Christ.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Vain torment of the pen, though sweet!
For after all is done,
Unknown, enchanting you remain,
Forever whole and one.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
Oh wildly wild the roaring blast
Torments the fallen snow!
The wintry storms are up at last,
And care not how they go!
"Songs of the Winter Days" by George MacDonald
Out at these brazen bars they may
The saints in glory see;
But this will not their grief allay,
But to them torment be.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
'That what was pure and chaste you have killed
The blessing sent from heavens high;
The thought will torture and torment;
So, more than this you cannot die
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
Thy gentle smiles no more can please,
Nor can thy softest friendship ease
The torments I endure;
Think what that wounded breast must feel
Which truth and kindness cannot heal,
Nor even thy pity cure.
"Songs" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld

In news:

Slow investigations torment those in grief.
Father Is Dead, but the Torment Lives On.
"Healthy Workplace Bill" would protect employees who feel the bite of a tormenting boss.
That was the question first raised by the tormenting case of Bernhard Goetz.
Can't stop 'em, sign 'em: After years of tormenting Heat with 3s, Allen settling in with Miami.
"One unfounded allegation involved the release of information that spread quickly online identifying a man as Amanda's tormenter ," he said.
Nine teens have been charged in the " unrelenting " bullying of a teenage girl from Ireland who killed herself after being raped and enduring months of torment by classmates in person and online, a prosecutor said Monday.
A 44-year-old man in Dartmouth, Massachusetts can finally hear normally after a decade of being tormented by the sounds of his own body.
"It was torment for us," he said.
For those who were not brave enough to publicly torment a student at their locker or a co-worker at the water-cooler, cyberbullying has appeal.
I take pleasure in tormenting my co-workers.
The beeping noise that tormented Leah Friedrich, owner of a home next to a vacant property at 10125 Cedar Lake, for more than 87 hours was finally gone.
The good news was that Raleigh's own Josh Hamilton—the tattooed, star-crossed, substance-tormented Texas Rangers superstar—had hit four home runs in a night game.
Basketball Legend Shares ' Charmed , Tormented Life'.
But solving the mystery (and misery, as Jason Bourne's among the most tormented action heroes of all time) is only half the kick.
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