Definition of torture noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɔːtʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɔːrtʃər//
    [uncountable, countable] Unhappiness, Terrorism
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  1. 1the act of causing somebody severe pain in order to punish them or make them say or do something Many of the refugees have suffered torture. the use of torture terrible instruments of torture His confessions were made under torture. I heard stories of gruesome tortures in prisons. See related entries: Terrorism
  2. 2(informal) mental or physical suffering; something that causes this The interview was sheer torture from start to finish. See related entries: Unhappiness
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘distortion, twisting’, or a physical disorder characterized by this): via French from late Latin tortura ‘twisting, torment’, from Latin torquere ‘to twist’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: torture

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