torment

torment
I UK [ˈtɔː(r)ment] / US [ˈtɔrˌment] noun
Word forms "torment":
singular torment plural torments
a) [countable/uncountable] severe physical or mental pain that someone suffers, often caused deliberately by someone else

Her eyes revealed the torment in her mind.

The prisoners would soon suffer worse torments.

b) [countable, usually singular] someone or something that makes you suffer severe physical or mental pain

Just living in the same house with him was a torment.


II UK [tɔː(r)ˈment] / US [tɔrˈment] verb [transitive]
Word forms "torment":
present tense I/you/we/they torment he/she/it torments present participle tormenting past tense tormented past participle tormented
1) to make someone suffer severe physical or mental pain, often deliberately

She was tormented by her memories.

2) to annoy someone, especially for fun

The bigger kids keep tormenting him.


Derived word:
tormentor
noun countable
Word forms "tormentor":
singular tormentor plural tormentors

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