Torment Tor"ment, n. [OF. torment, F. tourment, fr. L. tormentum an engine for hurling missiles, an instrument of torture, a rack, torture, fr. torquere to turn, to twist, hurl. See {Turture}.] 1. (Mil. Antiq.) An engine for casting stones. [Obs.] --Sir T. Elyot. [1913 Webster]

2. Extreme pain; anguish; torture; the utmost degree of misery, either of body or mind. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The more I see Pleasures about me, so much more I feel Torment within me. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. That which gives pain, vexation, or misery. [1913 Webster]

They brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments. --Matt. iv. 24. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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