tormentor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tormentor a flat at each side of the stage to prevent the audience from seeing into the wings
    • n tormentor someone who torments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tormentor (Agric) An implement for reducing a stiff soil, resembling a harrow, but running upon wheels.
    • Tormentor One who, or that which, torments; one who inflicts penal anguish or tortures. "Thoughts, my tormentors , armed with deadly stings."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tormentor One who or that which torments. Especially
    • n tormentor One who or that which causes pain or anguish; a cause of suffering or great distress.
    • n tormentor In agriculture, an instrument for reducing a stiff soil. It is somewhat like a harrow, but runs on wheels, and each tine is furnished with a hoe or share that cuts up the ground.
    • n tormentor A long fork used by a ship's cook to take meat out of the coppers.
    • n tormentor In theatrical use, one of the elaborately painted wings which stand in the first grooves.
    • n tormentor Same as back-scratcher. Also tormenter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Tormentor one who, or that which, torments:
    • ns Tormentor (B.) a torturer, an executioner: a long meat-fork: a wing in the first groove of a stage
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Quotations

  • Count Leo Tolstoy
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    “I am always with myself and it is I who am my tormentor.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Morris looked up and gasped, for in that fleeting moment he recognized his tormentor.
"Potash & Perlmutter" by Montague Glass
I had only succeeded in wheeling to face our treacherous tormentors when the strands tightened.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
By the rope round the waist of the foremost prisoner, they were led slowly between the lines of tormentors.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
The persecuting Ferdinand the Second, tormentor of Protestants, was Emperor of Germany.
"Model Speeches for Practise" by Grenville Kleiser
Begin, ye tormentors, your threats are in vain, For the son of Alknomook will never complain.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel , Volume I." by Various
The persecuting Ferdinand the Second, tormentor of Protestants, was Emperor of Germany.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
To be rid of his small tormentors and free for his own meditations, he took the most practical means that suggested itself.
"King John of Jingalo" by Laurence Housman
And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
"The Good Shepherd" by Anonymous
The President rose, walked to the window, gazed out on the crowded street for a moment and turned, suddenly confronting his tormentors.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
With a mighty effort he broke his bonds and threw out his arms in an attempt to fight off his tormentor.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
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In poetry:

'Twere you, my sins, my cruel sins,
His chief tormentors were;
Each of my crimes became a nail,
And unbelief the spear.
"Hymn 95" by Isaac Watts
Waiting is also that island of anguish,
Destined to crush thy proud spirit at last,
Doomed amid pigmy tormentors to languish,
Facing forever its measureless past!
"To The Portrait Of Napoleon, As First Consul" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Teen can pursue alleged online tormentors anonymously : court.
Now, her tormentors face criminal charges.
Mother of Amanda Todd's accused tormentor lashes out at online ' lynch mob .
Family and friends of a Lower East Side Army private who committed suicide in Afghanistan were outraged Tuesday after a military jury recommended one of his tormentors face only 30 days of confinement for assaulting his subordinate.
Darrell Issa, Tim Geithner's Tormentor .
Andre Dubus III recalls his upbringing in a Massachusetts mill town , and the tormentors he and his siblings had to fight through.
Kids that didn't have a chance—perhaps operating under the influence of dangerously promoted pap such as "all bullies are cowards "—would stand up to their tormentors with predictable results.
Amanda's tormentors were far worse than mere bullies: Daphne Bramham (video).
All you tormentors of Astros history, begone.
After more than 10 years of US presence, women are still imprisoned for reporting crimes and fleeing tormentors, Human Rights Watch says.
When Martinez arrived and saw the gangsters bullying a younger kid, he made a U-turn, drove up to the tormentors and was shot before he could even get out of the car.
Growing up, Tourette's Syndrome sufferer Jaylen Arnold was tortured by cruel tormentors who teased him, called him names and mimicked his uncontrollable movements and outbursts.
If one person's terrorist is another's freedom fighter, then it is not surprising that one's peacemaker can be another's tormentor.
MMM > News > POM aims arch ads at FTC tormentors.
"Joe Six-Pack" and "soccer moms" should unite to fight the tormentors who forced mortgages on us.
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