- 1torment somebody (formal) to make somebody suffer very much synonym plague He was tormented by feelings of insecurity.
- 2torment somebody/something to annoy a person or an animal in a cruel way because you think it is amusing synonym torture More Like This Pronunciation changes by part of speech abuse, alternate, advocate, approximate, contract, converse, convict, decrease, delegate, discount, duplicate, estimate, export, extract, graduate, import, intimate, moderate, object, permit, present, protest, record, refund, refuse, subject, suspect, survey, torment, upgradeSee worksheet. Word Origin Middle English (as both noun and verb referring to the infliction or suffering of torture): Old French torment (noun), tormenter (verb), from Latin tormentum
BrE BrE//tɔːˈment//; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈment//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they torment
BrE BrE//tɔːˈment//; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈment//he / she / it torments
BrE BrE//tɔːˈments//; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈments//past simple tormented
BrE BrE//tɔːˈmentɪd//; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈmentɪd//past participle tormented
BrE BrE//tɔːˈmentɪd//; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈmentɪd//-ing form tormenting
BrE BrE//tɔːˈmentɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈmentɪŋ//