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Synonyms for torture
ˈtɔr tʃər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anguish, torment, torture(noun)

    extreme mental distress

    Synonyms:
    badgering, distortion, worrying, overrefinement, torturing, straining, harassment, anguish, bedevilment, twisting, agony, curse, torment

  2. torture, torment(noun)

    unbearable physical pain

    Synonyms:
    badgering, harassment, worrying, overrefinement, torturing, agony, anguish, bedevilment, curse, twisting, distortion, straining, torment

  3. agony, torment, torture(noun)

    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain

    "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned"

    Synonyms:
    badgering, distortion, worrying, overrefinement, torturing, straining, harassment, excruciation, anguish, bedevilment, suffering, twisting, agony, curse, torment

  4. distortion, overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    overrefinement, straining, strain, torturing, spin, twist, optical aberration, twisting, aberration, whirl, twirl, distortion, deformation, agony, distorted shape, anguish, torment

  5. torture, torturing(verb)

    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:
    overrefinement, torturing, agony, anguish, twisting, distortion, straining, torment

  6. torment, torture, excruciate, rack(verb)

    torment emotionally or mentally

    Synonyms:
    squeeze, gouge, bedevil, wring, extort, rack, rag, single-foot, excruciate, crucify, scud, dun, frustrate, torment

  7. torture, excruciate, torment(verb)

    subject to torture

    "The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible"

    Synonyms:
    bedevil, rack, rag, excruciate, crucify, dun, frustrate, torment

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. torture

    Pain is the most general term of this group, including all the others; pain is a disturbing sensation from which nature revolts, resulting from some injurious external interference (as from a wound, a bruise, a harsh word, etc.), or from some lack of what one needs, craves, or cherishes (as, the pain of hunger or bereavement), or from some abnormal action of bodily or mental functions (as, the pains of disease, envy, or discontent). Suffering is one of the severer forms of pain. The prick of a needle causes pain, but we should scarcely speak of it as suffering. Distress is too strong a word for little hurts, too feeble for the intensest suffering, but commonly applied to some continuous or prolonged trouble or need; as, the distress of a shipwrecked crew, or of a destitute family. Ache is lingering pain, more or less severe; pang, a pain short, sharp, intense, and perhaps repeated. We speak of the pangs of hunger or of remorse. Throe is a violent and thrilling pain. Paroxysm applies to an alternately recurring and receding pain, which comes as it were in waves; the paroxysm is the rising of the wave. Torment and torture are intense and terrible sufferings. Agony and anguish express the utmost pain or suffering of body or mind. Agony of body is that with which the system struggles; anguish that by which it is crushed.

    Synonyms:
    ache, agony, anguish, distress, pain, pang, paroxysm, suffering, throe, torment, twinge, wo(e)

    Antonyms:
    comfort, delight, ease, enjoyment, peace, rapture, relief, solace

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. torture

    Synonyms:
    agony, anguish, racking, torment

    Antonyms:
    ecstasy, rapture, bliss

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. torture(n.)

    Synonyms:
    anguish, agony, torment, rack, pang, extreme pain, excruciating pain, acute distress

  2. torture(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    torment, distress, agonize, rack, excruciate, pain extremely, put to extreme pain

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    tortured, torturing, tortures, tortura

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How to use torture in a sentence?

  1. Jay Sekulow:

    We know that ISIS considers several groups -- including Christians -- as' infidels without human rights,' iSIS jihadists commit violence against fellow Muslims in violation of Islamic law. They routinely commit war crimes and engage in torture in violation of international law ; and they also kill and threaten Christian, Jewish, and other religious communities.

  2. James Joyce:

    Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins commited in previous lives.

  3. Muleya Mwananyanda:

    These women are victims of an escalating crackdown on the right to freedom of expression and criminalization of dissent. Instead of persecuting them, the Zimbabwean authorities should focus their efforts on holding those suspected to be responsible for their horrifying abduction, torture and sexual assault to account.

  4. Dalia Alachi:

    They spoke to us about torture, gang rape, forced labor. These people are now receiving medical treatment and psycho-social support.

  5. Leslie Walker:

    Solitary confinement is a kind of torture that no one does well in. The lack of meaningful sensory stimulus and contact drives people mad.


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