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English noun: torture

1. torture (feeling) extreme mental distress

Synonymsanguish, torment

Broader (hypernym)distress, hurt, suffering

2. torture (state) unbearable physical pain


Broader (hypernym)hurting, pain

3. torture (feeling) intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain

SamplesAn agony of doubt.
The torments of the damned.

Synonymsagony, torment

Broader (hypernym)hurt, suffering

4. torture (act) the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean

Synonymsdistortion, overrefinement, straining, twisting

Broader (hypernym)falsification, misrepresentation

5. torture (act) the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason

SamplesIt required unnatural torturing to extract a confession.


Broader (hypernym)persecution

Narrower (hyponym)bastinado, boot, burning, crucifixion, dismemberment, electric shock, excruciation, falanga, genital torture, judicial torture, kia quen, kittee, nail pulling, nail removal, picket, piquet, prolonged interrogation, rack, sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation, strapado, strappado, taking apart

English verb: torture

1. torture (emotion) torment emotionally or mentally

ExamplesThe bad news will torture him

Synonymsexcruciate, rack, torment

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)anguish, hurt, pain

2. torture (body) subject to torture

SamplesThe sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible.

ExamplesThey want to torture the prisoners

Synonymsexcruciate, torment

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)injure, wound

Narrower (hyponym)martyr, martyrise, martyrize, rack

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