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

BrE BrE//ˈtɔːment//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɔːrment//
[uncountable, countable] (formal) extreme suffering, especially mental suffering; a person or thing that causes this synonym anguish the cries of a man in torment She suffered years of mental torment after her son's death. The flies were a terrible torment.
Word OriginMiddle English (as both noun and verb referring to the infliction or suffering of torture): Old French torment (noun), tormenter (verb), from Latin tormentum ‘instrument of torture’, from torquere ‘to twist’.Extra examples Hell as a place of eternal torment She has suffered great mental torment. The sea wailed like a soul in torment. the torment inflicted on a young girl by her mother She suffered years of mental torment after her son’s death. Somehow, with her soul in torment, she managed to get through the day.
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