From Middle English torment, from Old French torment, from Latin tormentum ("something operated by twisting"), from torquere ("to twist").
- (noun) (key): /'t?:(?)m?nt/
- (verb) (key): /t?:(?)'m?nt/
torment (countable and uncountable, plural torments)
- (obsolete) A catapult or other kind of war-engine.
- Torture, originally as inflicted by an instrument of torture.
- Any extreme pain, anguish or misery, either physical or mental.
- He was bitter from the torments of the divorce system.
- Bible, Matthew iv. 24
- They brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments.
- Indonesian: azab (id), keazaban
- Irish: crá m, céasadh m, ciapadh m, crá croí m
- Italian: cruccio (it) m, tormento (it) m, tarlo (it) m
- Japanese: (ja) (, kuts?)
- Korean: (ko) (gotong) ( (ko))
- Latin: cruciatus m
- Latvian: mokas
- Lithuanian: kan?ia
- Norwegian: pine (no), kval (no), lidelse (no)
- Persian: ? (fa) ('azâb), (fa) (?ekanje)
- Polish: m?ka (pl), udr?ka (pl) f
- Portuguese: tormento (pt)
- Romanian: chin (ro) n, turment n, zbucium (ro) n
- Russian: (ru) n (mu?énije), (ru) f (múka)
- Sardinian: tormentu, turmentu, trumentu, tromentu
- Slovak: utrpenie
- Slovene: muka
- Spanish: tormento (es)
- Swedish: plåga (sv), pina (sv), kval (sv)
- Turkish: ?iddetli ac?, azap (tr)
torment (third-person singular simple present torments, present participle tormenting, simple past and past participle tormented)
- (transitive) To cause severe suffering to (stronger than to vex but weaker than to torture.)
- The child tormented the flies by pulling their wings off.
- 2013, Phil McNulty, "Man City 4-1 Man Utd", BBC Sport, 22 September 2013:
- Moyes, who never won a derby at Liverpool in 11 years as Everton manager, did not find the Etihad any more forgiving as City picked United apart in midfield, where Toure looked in a different class to United's £27.5m new boy Marouane Fellaini, and in defence as Aguero tormented Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
to cause severe suffering
- Italian: tormentare (it), martoriare (it), torturare (it), affliggere (it), angustiare (it)
- Japanese: ? (ja) (, kurushimeru), (ja) (?, sainamu)
- Latin: torque?
- Lithuanian: kankinti
- Maori: whakat?wheta, whakat?wheta
- Plautdietsch: kjwälen
- Polish: m?czy? (pl), n?ka? (pl), trapi? (pl)
- Portuguese: judiar (pt), maltratar (pt), atormentar (pt)
- Romanian: chinui (ro), tortura (ro)
- Russian: ? (ru) (mú?it?), (ru) (istjazát?)
- Slovene: mu?iti (sl)
- Spanish: atormentar (es)
- Swahili: kutesa (sw)
- Swedish: plåga (sv), pina (sv)
- Turkish: ac? çektirmek, çile çektirmek
Borrowed from Old French torment, from Latin tormentum.
torment (plural torments)
- torment (suffering, pain)
From Old French torment, from Latin tormentum.
torment m (plural torments)
- torment; suffering; anguish
From Latin tormentum.
torment m (oblique plural tormenz or tormentz, nominative singular tormenz or tormentz, nominative plural torment)
13th century, Unknown, La Vie de Saint Laurent, page 11, column 1, line 19: Saint Lorenz dit torment ne dot
- Saint Laurence says he doesn't fear torture
- (figuratively, by extension) suffering; torment
From Latin tormentum.
torment m (nominative singular torments)
- suffering; torment