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Torture meaning

torture - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; pang; agony; torment; as, torture of mind.
  2. 2. Especially, severe pain inflicted judicially, either as punishment for a crime, or for the purpose of extorting a confession from an accused person, as by water or fire, by the boot or thumbkin, or by the rack or wheel.
  3. 3. The act or process of torturing.
  4. 4. To put to torture; to pain extremely; to harass; to vex.
  5. 5. To punish with torture; to put to the rack; as, to torture an accused person.
  6. 6. To wrest from the proper meaning; to distort.
  7. 7. To keep on the stretch, as a bow.
  8. 8. Extreme pain; the infliction of great pain; torment.
  9. 9. To inflict extreme pain upon.

torture - examples of usage

  1. At that breakfast- table began a course of torture which lasted for several years. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. They could perhaps have stood the torture of one sense. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  3. For which you starve and beat and torture one another-" " Ain't it pretty?" - "They Call Me Carpenter", Upton Sinclair.
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