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Definition of torture:

  1. Especially, severe pain inflicted judicially, either as punishment for a crime, or for the purpose of extorting a confession from an accused person, as by water or fire, by the boot or thumbkin, or by the rack or wheel.
  2. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; pang; agony; torment; as, torture of mind.
  3. The act or process of torturing.
  4. To keep on the stretch, as a bow.
  5. To punish with torture; to put to the rack; as, to torture an accused person.
  6. To put to torture; to pain extremely; to harass; to vex.
  7. To wrest from the proper meaning; to distort.

Synonyms:

squeeze, mistreat, do someone wrong, twinge, twirl, straining, disturb, wo, harassment, happy, eina, wring, worrying, extort, rag, twisting, curse, spin, deformation, travail, grind down, kick around, worry, overrefinement, gouge, agony, strait, torturing, paroxysm, bedevil, neuralgia, depress, reward, shove around, optical aberration, woe, horror, hang over, living hell, dismay, oppress, devastate, badgering, wretchedness, excruciate, single-foot, hit out, rack, strain, trample, whirl, dun, upset, distortion, reject, Gehenna, aberration, excruciation, twist, hell, distorted shape, torment, frustrate, nightmare, murder, bedevilment, anguish, scud.

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