from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Great physical pain or mental anguish.
- n. A source of harassment, annoyance, or pain.
- n. The torture inflicted on prisoners under interrogation.
- transitive v. To cause to undergo great physical pain or mental anguish. See Synonyms at afflict.
- transitive v. To agitate or upset greatly.
- transitive v. To annoy, pester, or harass.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A catapult or other kind of war-engine.
- n. Torture, originally as inflicted by an instrument of torture.
- n. Any extreme pain, anguish or misery, either physical or mental.
- v. To cause severe suffering to (stronger than to vex but weaker than to torture.)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An engine for casting stones.
- n. Extreme pain; anguish; torture; the utmost degree of misery, either of body or mind.
- n. That which gives pain, vexation, or misery.
- transitive v. To put to extreme pain or anguish; to inflict excruciating misery upon, either of body or mind; to torture.
- transitive v. To pain; to distress; to afflict.
- transitive v. To tease; to vex; to harass.
- transitive v. To put into great agitation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An engine of war for casting stones, darts, or other missiles; a tormentum.
- n. 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. Hence, anything which causes great pain or suffering; a source of trouble, sorrow, or anguish.
- n. A state of suffering, bodily or mental; misery; agony.
- n. An object of torture; a victim.
- n. A tempest; a tornado.
- n. Synonyms Anguish, Torture, etc. See agony.
- To put to torment, as with the rack or the wheel; torture.
- To bring suffering or misery upon; pain; plague; distress; afflict.
- To twist; distort.
- To throw into agitation; disturb greatly.
- Synonyms To agonize, rack, excruciate.
- Plague, Worry, etc. (See tease.) Trouble, Distress, etc. See afflict.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. extreme mental distress
- n. a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented
- n. intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
- v. treat cruelly
- v. subject to torture
- n. a severe affliction
- v. torment emotionally or mentally
- n. the act of harassing someone
- n. unbearable physical pain
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin tormentum, from torquēre, to twist.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French torment, from Latin tormentum ("something operated by twisting"), from torquere ("to twist"). (Wiktionary)