torture - definition and synonyms

 
verb [transitive] 

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/ˈtɔː(r)tʃə(r)/
present tense
I/you/we/theytorture
he/she/ittortures
present participletorturing
past tensetortured
past participletortured
  1. 1
    to hurt a person or animal deliberately in a very cruel way, especially as a punishment or in order to make them say something

    Many of the prisoners had been tortured.

  2. 2
    to make someone feel extremely worried or upset about something

    Don’t torture yourself by thinking about the money.

derived word

torturer

noun [countable]
singulartorturer
pluraltorturers