Definition of "torment" []

  • 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)
  • To afflict with great pain, suffering, or anguish; torture (verb)

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.

  • To tease or pester in an annoying way (verb)
  • Physical or mental pain (noun)
  • A source of pain, worry, annoyance, etc (noun)
  • An instrument of torture (noun)
  • The infliction of torture (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

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."