torment

noun

verb

  • 3

    Cause to experience severe mental or physical suffering.

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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 ‘instrument of torture’, from torquere ‘to twist’.

Pronunciation

  • torment /ˈtɔːmɛnt/
  • torment /tɔːˈmɛnt/