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Synonyms for torture
ˈtɔr tʃərtor·ture

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. anguish, torment, torturenoun

    extreme mental distress

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

  2. torture, tormentnoun

    unbearable physical pain

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

  3. agony, torment, torturenoun

    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, twistingnoun

    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, torturingverb

    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, rackverb

    torment emotionally or mentally

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

  7. torture, excruciate, tormentverb

    subject to torture

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. torturenoun

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

  2. tortureverb

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "torture":

    tortured, torturing, tortures, tortura

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How to use torture in a sentence?

  1. James Joyce:

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

  2. Paola Pampaloni:

    We are concerned about ... information about mistreatment and torture, china is always inviting us to the camps under their conditions, we are in negotiations right now for terms and conditions for free access.

  3. George Harrell:

    You can lose your temper, or have a bad day and commit abuse, that doesnt make you a bad person, but to intentionally torture a child, thats a different mindset.

  4. Bronwyn Lance:

    Whether it came to issues like the Iraq war, the use of torture, he was always willing to blaze his own trail.

  5. Kalia Lord:

    Stop Electromagnetic torture, Electronic harassment, and Gang Stalking in America!!! With Biden and Harris All lives matter Change IS our future!


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