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torment (n.)

c. 1300, "the inflicting of torture," also "state of great suffering, pain, distress," from Old French torment "torture, pain, anguish, suffering distress" (11c., Modern French tourment), from Latin tormentum "twisted cord, sling; clothes-press; instrument for hurling stones," also "instrument of torture, a rack," figuratively "anguish, pain, torment," from torquere "to twist" (from PIE root *terkw- "to twist").

torment (v.)

c. 1300, "inflict torture on, distress," from Old French tormenter "torture, torment, oppress, agitate" (12c.), from Medieval Latin tormentare "to torment, to twist," from Latin tormentum "twisted cord, sling; clothes-press; instrument for hurling stones," also "instrument of torture, a rack," figuratively "anguish, pain, torment," from torquere "to twist" (from PIE root *terkw- "to twist"). Related: Tormented; tormenting.

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Definitions of torment
1
torment (n.)
unbearable physical pain;
Synonyms: torture
torment (n.)
extreme mental distress;
Synonyms: anguish / torture
torment (n.)
intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain;
the torments of the damned
Synonyms: agony / torture
torment (n.)
a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented;
Synonyms: harassment
torment (n.)
a severe affliction;
Synonyms: curse
torment (n.)
the act of harassing someone;
Synonyms: badgering / worrying / bedevilment
2
torment (v.)
torment emotionally or mentally;
Synonyms: torture / excruciate / rack
torment (v.)
treat cruelly;
The children tormented the stuttering teacher
Synonyms: rag / bedevil / crucify / dun / frustrate
torment (v.)
subject to torture;
The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible
Synonyms: torture / excruciate
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