torture
I. noun Etymology: Middle French, from Old French, from Late Latin tortura, from Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre to twist; probably akin to Old High German drāhsil turner, Greek atraktos spindle Date: 1540 1. a. anguish of body or mind ; agony b. something that causes agony or pain 2. the infliction of intense pain (as from burning, crushing, or wounding) to punish, coerce, or afford sadistic pleasure 3. distortion or overrefinement of a meaning or an argument ; straining II. transitive verb (tortured; torturing) Date: 1588 1. to cause intense suffering to ; torment 2. to punish or coerce by inflicting excruciating pain 3. to twist or wrench out of shape ; distort, warp Synonyms: see afflicttorturer noun

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