torturer

Definitions

  • The Torture of the Huguenots—552
    The Torture of the Huguenots—552
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n torturer someone who inflicts severe physical pain (usually for punishment or coercion)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For hundreds of years, the Chinese zealously guarded the secret of sericulture; imperial law decreed death by torture to those who disclosed how to make silk.
    • n Torturer One who tortures; a tormentor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n torturer One who tortures, in any sense; especially, one who executed or superintended the execution of torture ordered by a tribunal.
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Quotations

  • Benedetto Croce
    Benedetto Croce
    “Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture.”
  • Luis Bunuel
    Luis%20Bunuel
    “In the name of Hippocrates, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you torture data long enough, it will tell you anything you want !”
  • Cardinal J. Newman
    Cardinal J. Newman
    “It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.”
  • Matt Groening
    Matt Groening
    “Families are about love overcoming emotional torture.”
  • James A. Froude
    James%20A.%20Froude
    “Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.”

Usage

In literature:

Let us torture him a little, and extract some useful information.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
The thought of the horrid pain that must be torturing his adversary filled him with a sort of compassion.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
First of all we see the instinctive shrinking from that which tortured the flesh, which takes refuge in prayer.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The torture of the latter will be worse than the torture of others.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
When Conscience came out into the yard later, where her lover was awaiting her, her lips were pale and her eyes tortured.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
Not being satisfied of the truth of his replies they proceeded to apply torture in order to extract confession.
"Hunted and Harried" by R.M. Ballantyne
If the nipples are sunken, depressed, it is torture for the child to nurse.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
Here we will both torture each other.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Olive's anxiety that the picture should be finished, and worthily finished, amounted almost to torture.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
He then threatened to seize you for his woman and torture Mr. Lennon, if I did not send down Elsie.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
Not for the lord Eudemius, the Torturer!
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
Never shall I forget the torture of that condition.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Therefore it was necessary, before all else, to gain time and to prevent the use of torture.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
Hesitation, to an irritable being, is, or soon becomes, positive torture.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
If they suspect a traveler of being able to pay ransom they drag him to prison and there torture him until he consents to ransom himself.
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue
It was the Roman's stern endurance, rather than the meek faithfulness of the Christian, which upheld this unhappy girl under her torture.
"John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III" by Mary E. Braddon
Brightly thought he was going to be killed, and though he didn't mind that much, he did not want to be tortured.
"Furze the Cruel" by John Trevena
And did her long-tortured heart in that hour finally break?
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
Tortured, debased, undone in her own eyes, she left the hall at the side of her yawning husband.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
Let them seize and torture me, I do not fear.
"God Wills It!" by William Stearns Davis
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In poetry:

You will not hear the shouting.
You will not see the pride,
Only with tortured memory
Remember what I used to be,
And dream of how I died.
"To My Sister" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
"There within, her sister Zillah
Stirred no limb to shun her torture,
Held her mother's hand and kissed her,
Saying, 'We will go together.'
"Fra Pedro" by Emma Lazarus
Of their travail and torture, Christ's fools,
Atoning my sins with their blood,
Who grinned in their agony sharing
The glorious madness of God.
"Woodbine Willie" by Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy
And still it lives in that beyond,
As here it lives in this our sphere,
To light our road and cheer our path,
Or torture us with nameless fear.
"Thought" by Thomas Frederick Young
Methinks, by all my tender fears,
By all my sighs, by all my tears,
I might from torture now be free—
'Tis more than death to part from thee!
"Song IX. - The fatal hours are wondrous near" by William Shenstone
SHE SITS beside the tinted tide,
That’s reddened by the tortured sand;
And through the East, to ocean wide,
A vessel sails from sight of land.
"Sweethearts Wait on Every Shore" by Henry Lawson

In news:

South Sudan Urged by Rights Group to End Torture of Civilians.
Standart takes on the talented, tortured Truman Capote .
A 'Tru' fit Standart takes on the talented, tortured Truman Capote .
It's an unusual man who can forgive his wartime torturer -- or whose quest to do so can touch so many people around the world.
LONDON (AP) — It's an unusual man who can forgive his wartime torturer — or whose quest to do so can touch so many people around the world.
Witness claims she's seen video torture.
A local seminar by the man who founded the Kwanzaa holiday will not include discussion of his conviction for torturing a female member of his black nationalist group, organizers said Wednesday.
But I wondered, had the press secretary just made a joke about a torture investigation.
Her father was tortured, and her nephew kidnapped.
Rights groups decry 'torture' of Kazakh detainees.
They have to endure the emotional pain and torture left in the victims of horrific crimes.
Key political bloc pummels Maliki over torture.
As the Iraq election process is drawn out by a recount, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki faces a fresh challenge over allegations of torture on his watch.
They are delicious and they are the foods that torture us daily.
Watching the Oscars this year was pretty close to torture.
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In science:

We can imagine dozens of different criminal purposes for which the primitive individuals could be kidnapped, tortured and even killed, including ab ject topics such as ‘high gastronomy’ and sadist games.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
F3 - Torture by in laws for having given birth to only female children.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
The question of where to draw the line tortured us, and we bring our apologies to all the pioneers who “fell through the cracks.” The second part of the book is an attempt to present a historical perspective on the development of the sub ject.
Introduction to "The Supersymmetric World: The Beginnings of The Theory"
Based on Emmanuel’s description, my own prejudice made me expect a weak and tortured figure.
The work of Fred Cohen
Instead, in came a man, anything but weak and tortured, almost running with the aid of his cane, with this huge smile on his face, and a strong confident voice.
The work of Fred Cohen
If, with considerable effort, such a value is elicited, it is about as trustworthy as a confession extracted through torture.
Erich Leo Lehmann---A glimpse into his life and work
The CIA was exposed overthrowing the governments of Guatemala, Iran, and Chile to install torturing kleptocrats friendly to American corporations.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
As rhetoric about human rights flowed liberally, so did torture equipment for the Shah and tanks and planes for Indonesia to slaughter in East Timor.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
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