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Definition of "torment" [tor•ment]

  • Great physical pain or mental anguish. (noun)
  • A source of harassment, annoyance, or pain. (noun)
  • The torture inflicted on prisoners under interrogation. (noun)
  • To cause to undergo great physical pain or mental anguish. See Synonyms at afflict. (verb-transitive)
  • To agitate or upset greatly. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "torment" in a sentence
  • "Throughout, [Hans-Christian] Schmid remains agnostic, suggesting that Michaela's problems, whatever their origin, prove only that a mind in torment is a terrible thing."
  • "Poses and gestures change meaning, from an expression of torment in "Scene of War" to the benign motion of a bather wringing out her hair."
  • "Of one thing he was certain: No drop of red dew shaken from the lion-mane of some sun in torment, was the sounding sphere."