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Definition of torture noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the act of causing someone 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.
  2. 2(informal) mental or physical suffering; something that causes this The interview was sheer torture from start to finish.
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