Torment
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Torment

English

Etymology

From Middle English torment, from Old French torment, from Latin tormentum ("something operated by twisting"), from torquere ("to twist").

Pronunciation

  • (noun) IPA(key): /'t?:(?)m?nt/
  • (verb) IPA(key): /t?:(?)'m?nt/
  • (file)

Noun

torment (countable and uncountable, plural torments)

  1. (obsolete) A catapult or other kind of war-engine.
  2. Torture, originally as inflicted by an instrument of torture.
  3. 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.

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Verb

torment (third-person singular simple present torments, present participle tormenting, simple past and past participle tormented)

  1. (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.

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Middle English

Etymology

Borrowed from Old French torment, from Latin tormentum.

Noun

torment (plural torments)

  1. torment (suffering, pain)

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Middle French

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old French torment, from Latin tormentum.

Noun

torment m (plural torments)

  1. torment; suffering; anguish

Old French

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Latin tormentum.

Noun

torment m (oblique plural tormenz or tormentz, nominative singular tormenz or tormentz, nominative plural torment)

  1. torture
    • 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
  2. (figuratively, by extension) suffering; torment

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Old Occitan

Etymology

From Latin tormentum.

Noun

torment m (nominative singular torments)

  1. suffering; torment

Descendants


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