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ˈtɔr tʃərtor·ture

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English Synonyms and Antonyms4.0 / 1 vote

  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 Antonyms2.7 / 3 votes

  1. torture

    Synonyms:
    agony, anguish, racking, torment

    Antonyms:
    ecstasy, rapture, bliss

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Synonymes5.0 / 1 vote

  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 database2.0 / 1 vote

  1. List of paraphrases for "torture":

    tortured, torturing, tortures, tortura

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How to use torture in a sentence?

  1. Yuki Kitazumi:

    I did not have experience of torture Yuki Kitazumi, a lot of political prisoners have experience of torture, from 24 to 48 hours of no sleep.

  2. Baher Azmy:

    We renew our demand for accountability for those individuals responsible for the CIA torture program.

  3. Brian Concannon:

    Interrogatory torture is routine in run of the mill cases, so I would expect there's an extremely high likelihood of that in this case, where Haiti National Police are under a lot of pressure.

  4. Abeek Roy:

    The army tortured people in our state for years and I am glad the government has finally canceled their license to torture young men and women.

  5. Nils Melzer:

    By failing to prosecute the crime of torture in CIA custody, the U.S. is in clear violation of the Convention against Torture and is sending a dangerous message of complacency and impunity to officials in the U.S. and around the world.


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