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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


Synonymstorment


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.


Synonymstorturing


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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