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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It's difficult for us to understand the torment the hostages are going through.
▪ She suffered years of private torment over her decision to have her children adopted.
▪ The book's theme of incest and sexual torment was largely autobiographical.
▪ A similar turnabout occurs with the story of Pandora and her box of evils and torments.
▪ After 10 years of torment, Kiranjit Ahluwalia, 36, threw petrol over sleeping husband Deepak and set him on fire.
▪ All the methods we tried to lessen the torment failed.
▪ As she deals with mounting evidence that yet another boy may be in danger, we share her torment.
▪ He voiced their torment at knowing their children would be medically examined without consent and without any familiar face being present.
▪ She moved from one willow tree to the next, forcing them all to share the torment she endured.
▪ Jealousy, fear, and suspicion tormented Harriet.
▪ My older sister loved to torment me.
▪ He was either out and hadn't switched on the answering machine or he was tormenting her by ignoring the telephone.
▪ It might not be all that much, but it might be almost bearable if they didn't keep tormenting him.
▪ Some years ago a thought like that began to torment me.
▪ Sometimes, too, he was tormented by jealousy.
▪ They tormented him with a plan to bypass theaters and just show it on television.
▪ This is the problem that torments me.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Torment \Tor"ment\, n. [OF. torment, F. tourment, fr. L. tormentum an engine for hurling missiles, an instrument of torture, a rack, torture, fr. torquere to turn, to twist, hurl. See Turture.]

  1. (Mil. Antiq.) An engine for casting stones. [Obs.]
    --Sir T. Elyot.

  2. Extreme pain; anguish; torture; the utmost degree of misery, either of body or mind.

    The more I see Pleasures about me, so much more I feel Torment within me.

  3. That which gives pain, vexation, or misery.

    They brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments.
    --Matt. iv. 2


Torment \Tor*ment"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. tormented; p. pr. & vb. n. tormenting.] [OF. tormenter, F. tourmenter.]

  1. To put to extreme pain or anguish; to inflict excruciating misery upon, either of body or mind; to torture. `` Art thou come hither to torment us before our time? ''
    --Matt. viii. 29.

  2. To pain; to distress; to afflict.

    Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
    --Matt. viii. 6.

  3. To tease; to vex; to harass; as, to be tormented with importunities, or with petty annoyances. [Colloq.]

  4. To put into great agitation. [R.] ``[They], soaring on main wing, tormented all the air.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "the inflicting of torture," also "state of great suffering, pain, distress," from Old French torment "torture, pain, anguish, suffering distress" (11c., Modern French tourment), from Latin tormentum "twisted cord, sling; clothes-press; instrument for hurling stones," also "instrument of torture, a rack," figuratively "anguish, pain, torment," from torquere "to twist" (see torque (n.)).


c.1300, "inflict torture on, distress," from Old French tormenter "torture, torment, oppress, agitate" (12c.), from Medieval Latin tormentare "to torment, to twist," from Latin tormentum (see torment (n.)). Related: Tormented; tormenting.


n. 1 (context obsolete English) 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. vb. (context transitive English) To cause severe suffering to (stronger than ''to vex'' but weaker than ''to torture.'')

  1. n. unbearable physical pain [syn: torture]

  2. extreme mental distress [syn: anguish, torture]

  3. intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain; "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned" [syn: agony, torture]

  4. a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented; "so great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his tormentors" [syn: harassment]

  5. a severe affliction [syn: curse]

  6. the act of harassing someone [syn: badgering, worrying, bedevilment]

  1. v. torment emotionally or mentally [syn: torture, excruciate, rack]

  2. treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher" [syn: rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate]

  3. subject to torture; "The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible" [syn: torture, excruciate]


Torment may refer to:

Torment (album)

'Torment ' is an album released by Mechanical Moth in 2005.

Torment (1944 film)

Torment is a Swedish film from 1944, directed by Alf Sjöberg, with screenplay by Ingmar Bergman. The film, a tale of sex, passion and murder, was originally released as Frenzy in the United Kingdom, although later releases have used the US title.

Torment (comics)

"Torment" is a story arc written by Todd McFarlane, which encompassed the first five issues of the new ongoing Spider-Man comic book. It was published in 1990 by Marvel Comics. The comic was a record-breaking sales success and helped start the next stage of development in the Modern Age of Comic Books, which would lead to the formation of Image Comics and the rise of the speculator market.

Torment (1950 British film)

Torment (AKA "Paper Gallows"), is a 1950 British thriller film directed by John Guillermin and starring Dermot Walsh, Rona Anderson and John Bentley.

Torment (band)

Torment is a Peruvian black metal band formed in 2004 by Satanael (guitar, vocals) and Raksaza (drums). They are renowned for introducing noise music into black metal in their early albums. This band is also infamous for the drummer's involvement in some National Socialist black metal bands.

The band self-released their first demo "Black Holocaust" in 2004. After this they signed with the Peruvian label Sad Spirit Productions for the release of the "Pale Proud Slaughter" demo in 2005 and the "Satanic Black Terror" EP in 2006. In 2007 the Chinese label Funeral Moonlight Productions edited a compilation album entitled "Black Terrorism" containing all their previous releases. In 2008, the Canadian label Funeral Rain Records produced the band's first full length called "Hircus Emissarius".

Torment (puzzle game)

Torment is an internet puzzle game created on April 12, 2007. Created by a person using the alias 'Grngecko', the puzzle is widely known for being unsolved for over 4 years. Almost nothing was known about 'Grngecko' apart that from he/she is the creator of the game, until his email account was hacked by members of Anonymous in May 2011. In June 2011, Grngecko declared the puzzle over with the words "Show's over, go home" on the popular puzzle site Tweleve after provocation from a member of the site. Since then the Torment site, and all affiliated sites (, have been closed, although the Torment site itself has since been online.

Torment features different levels or stages that one must complete in order to complete the game. The game features extremely difficult puzzles, mostly cryptograms. The player must figure out the cipher before progressing onto the next stage. An example of such a cipher is the one used in Edgar Allan Poe's story " The Gold-Bug", commonly referred to as the Gold Bug cipher. On each stage, one or more images, pictures or gif files are featured. These images usually give hints to the desired answer. Some cryptograms may contain coordinates leading to a historical figure or object, which the players must name.

Different internet forum users have created threads in order to try to solve the puzzle, each one being unsuccessful. Users mainly try to only give subtle hints to each other, rather than handing out solutions, much because Grngecko does not want the game to become too easy. Multiple red herrings and dead-ends have been put into the game by Grngecko. For example, typing "man" into the solution key will bring you to a picture of worms with no way to advance. Certain red herrings make it look like there is a way to advance, even though there is not. For obvious reasons, Grngecko has included red herrings into the game for people trying to cheat their way through. Typing in "theend" brings you to a page that follows no pattern to other pages, which in that case most players would describe it as a red herring.

The site was offline, presumed dead, as of June 2011, but has since reemerged with an entirely new set of puzzles. Typing in old puzzle URLs will lead you to the index page.

As of February 2012, after roughly a month of various changes, including the removal of the answer box on the newest puzzle page, stopped hosting the Torment puzzle altogether. It was moved to a new domain, "", where the newest puzzle from was used as the first puzzle, making it seem as though Grngecko was attempting to reset Torment. However, the website was destroyed soon after being posted for unknown reasons.

Currently, there is no known trace of the puzzle on the internet.

Torment (novel)

Torment is a 2010 young adult fantasy novel from the Fallen series written by Lauren Kate. Torment, the sequel to Fallen, continues the story of Lucinda "Luce" Price, a 17-year-old girl who is in love with Daniel, a fallen angel. In Fallen, Daniel reveals to Luce that their love is damned: she is condemned to fall in love with Daniel, die, and be reborn over and over until their mysterious curse is broken. The seemingly endless cycle of their romance is followed avidly by heavenly and demonic forces, who seem to have something big riding on its outcome.

Something seems to be different during this lifetime, and Daniel is determined to keep Luce safe from hostile forces while he teams up with other angels and demons in an eighteen-day long truce. He installs Luce at the prestigious Shoreline school in Northern California, where she meets a number of part-angel students who have yet to choose between good and evil. Luce is frustrated by Daniel's unwillingness to be honest with her and is determined to discover the truth on her own.

Torment (1924 film)

Torment is a 1924 silent film crime-drama produced and directed by Maurice Tourneur and distributed by Associated First National. This film stars Bessie Love, Owen Moore, and Jean Hersholt. The film is based on a story by William Pelley with script by Fred Myton and titles by Marion Fairfax. It is a lost film.

Torment (Zoogz Rift album)

Torment is the eleventh studio album by experimental rock composer Zoogz Rift, released in December 1989 by SST Records.

Torment (2013 film)

Torment is a 2013 Canadian horror film directed by Jordan Barker. The film had its world premiere on October 11, 2013, at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival. It stars Katharine Isabelle as a woman who must try to save her step-son from an insane family.

Torment (1950 Italian film)

Torment'' (Italian:Tormento'') is a 1950 Italian drama film directed by Raffaello Matarazzo and starring Amedeo Nazzari, Yvonne Sanson and Annibale Betrone. The film's sets were designed by Ottavio Scotti. It was part of a group of popular melodramas featuring Nazzari and Sanson that were released in the post-war years.

Usage examples of "torment".

Once a handful of men, tormented beyond endurance, sprang up as a sign that they had had enough, but Thorneycroft, a man of huge physique, rushed forward to the advancing Boers.

His hot mouth and warm breath tormented her ear, and Amelle whimpered.

Emily flung her head back and studied him with tormented aquamarine eyes.

I looked down at Bolivar, who was trying to choke himself to death on the lead, torn between conflicting desires to torment the armadillo and get out on the street.

The disciples of the Baptist who lodged there would not see his torment.

He could feel sorry for any man tormented and bedeviled by a woman, though he could not see their foolishness in letting themselves be drawn to such ends by a simple wench.

Lote-Tree are sharing with us the pangs of this bereavement, this direst of torments, and are partners in anguish of those who suffer here.

I should not be able to sleep, but would be tormented all night by innumerable mental mosquitoes if I made the attempt, and bethinking me of my former resolution, I proceeded to carry it out.

They usually blundered around in the area between the fences until the early morning sun or an SO-17 flame-thrower reduced their lifeless husk to a cinder, and released the tormented soul to make its way through eternity in peace.

Library in Vienna will receive back the original botchy, tormented note-pages which Beethoven with murderous labor and pain copied from the last printed edition of the score.

He squeezed the arms of his cathedra so tightly in his powerful hands that three pieces of inlay popped out of the tormented wood to clatter down upon the floor, completely unnoticed.

The cloacal climate would have been affliction enough, but it bred various other torments, chief among them the jungle vermin.

I knew she had recognized me, and the thought that I could not carry the masquerade beyond a certain point was a veritable torment to me.

Marcoline, who was much more sensible, did what she could to console me, but I liked to torment myself, and her words did but increase my despair.

He was the lover of Colonna, the singer, but their affection seemed to me a torment, for they could scarce live together in peace for a single day.