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  • n. A female tormentor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman who torments.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman who torments.


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  • Before the film started, there was a trailer for The September Issue, a documentary (due out, tastefully, on what Americans call 9/11) about Anna Wintour, tormentress-in-chief at American Vogue.

    Christina Patterson: Lessons in Fashion and the Female Brain

  • Quiet, gentle Quentin, who, despite his fear, had spit defiance into the face of his tormentress at the time when he seemed sure to die.

    Orphans of Chaos

  • Not her either, for you are not my only tormentress; she is too.

    The Brothers Karamazov

  • But when her tormentress was once asleep, when Isabel could turn on her pillow and look upon the moonlight as it flooded her room, with a free spirit, she began to weep with a bitterness that had never fallen upon her straw cot at the Nursery Hospital.

    The Old Homestead

  • Finding all attempts at excuse or evasion utterly unavailing, he suddenly snatched a wreath of yellow candle-nut-blossoms from the head of his tormentress, crowned himself therewith, and springing upon the top of the rock, assumed an oratorical attitude, and waved his hand, as if about to harangue the people.

    The Island Home

  • He knew that the statue (which he had concealed during the day behind a convenient curtain) would probably recover consciousness for some part of the evening, as it had rarely failed to do, and prudence urged him to keep an eye over the proceedings of his tormentress.

    The Tinted Venus A Farcical Romance

  • What would his language be if he knew how I have rewarded his tormentress -- he whose principles are so strict that he would bear the agony for hours, sooner than give a barrel-organ sixpence to go to another street.

    The Poems and Prose of Ernest Dowson With a memoir by Arthur Symons

  • She seemed to desire to present herself as a beautiful tormentress.


  • The consolation of hating, or of despising, her tormentress was denied.

    Sandra Belloni — Volume 7

  • Not _her_ either, for you are not my only tormentress; she is too.

    The Brothers Karamazov


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