Meaning of torture

torture




To torture is to torment or purposefully put someone through intense pain or agony.

The word torture comes from the word for “harm.” It can refer to the deliberate infliction of physical or mental suffering in order to punish or obtain information; the act of distorting something, so it means something it wasn’t intended to mean; or extreme mental distress or unbearable physical pain not necessarily inflicted by another.

Definitions of torture
  1. noun

    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

    “it required unnatural
    torturing to extract a confession”
    synonyms:

    torturing

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    bastinado, falanga

    a form of torture in which the soles of the feet are beaten with whips or cudgels
    boot

    a form of foot torture in which the feet are encased in iron and slowly crushed
    burning

    a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim’s skin
    crucifixion, excruciation

    the infliction of extremely painful punishment or suffering
    genital torture

    blunt or penetrating trauma or rape (vaginal or anal)
    judicial torture

    torture that is sanctioned by the state and executed by duly accredited officials
    kia quen

    a form of foot torture used by the Chinese in which the victim’s foot was placed between three pieces of bamboo and systematically squeezed
    kittee

    a form of torture used by American Indians in which sensitive parts of the body were squeezed between two boards until the victim could bear no more
    nail pulling, nail removal

    a form of torture in which the fingernails or toenails are removed
    picket, piquet

    a form of military punishment used by the British in the late 17th century in which a soldier was forced to stand on one foot on a pointed stake
    prolonged interrogation

    a form of psychological torture inflicted by questioning the victim for hours
    rack

    a form of torture in which pain is inflicted by stretching the body
    sensory deprivation

    a form of psychological torture inflicted by depriving the victim of all sensory input
    sleep deprivation

    a form of psychological torture inflicted by depriving the victim of sleep
    strapado, strappado

    a form of torture in which the hands are tied behind a person’s back and they are lifted off the ground by a rope tied to their wrists, then allowed to drop until their fall is checked with a jerk by the rope
    electric shock

    the use of electricity to administer punishment or torture
    dismemberment, taking apart

    the removal of limbs; being cut to pieces
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    persecution

    the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)

  2. noun

    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain

    synonyms:

    agony, torment

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    hurt, suffering

    feelings of mental or physical pain

  3. noun

    unbearable physical pain

    synonyms:

    torment

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    hurting, pain

    a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder

  4. noun

    extreme mental distress

    synonyms:

    anguish, torment

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    distress, hurt, suffering

    psychological suffering

  5. verb

    subject to torture

    synonyms:

    excruciate, torment

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    rack

    torture on the rack
    martyr, martyrise, martyrize

    torture and torment like a martyr
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    injure, wound

    cause injuries or bodily harm to

  6. verb

    torment emotionally or mentally

    synonyms:

    excruciate, rack, torment

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    anguish, hurt, pain

    cause emotional anguish or make miserable

  7. noun

    the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean

    synonyms:

    distortion, overrefinement, straining, twisting

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    falsification, misrepresentation

    a willful perversion of facts

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