Definition of torture. Meaning of torture. Synonyms of torture
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Definition of torture
TortureTorture Tor"ture, n. [F.,fr.L. tortura, fr. torquere, tortum,
to twist, rack, torture; probably akin to Gr. tre`pein to
turn, G. drechsein to turn on a lathe, and perhaps to E.
queer. Cf. Contort, Distort, Extort, Retort, Tart,
n., Torch, Torment, Tortion, Tort, Trope.]
1. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; pang; agony;
torment; as, torture of mind. --Shak.
Ghastly spasm or racking torture. --Milton.
2. Especially, severe pain inflicted judicially, either as
punishment for a crime, or for the purpose of extorting a
confession from an accused person, as by water or fire, by
the boot or thumbkin, or by the rack or wheel.
3. The act or process of torturing.
Torture, whitch had always been deciared illegal,
and which had recently been declared illegal even by
the servile judges of that age, was inflicted for
the last time in England in the month of May, 1640.
--Macaulay. TortureTorture Tor"ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tortured (?; 135); p.
pr. & vb. n. Torturing.] [Cf. F. Torturer. ]
1. To put to torture; to pain extremely; to harass; to vex.
2. To punish with torture; to put to the rack; as, to torture
an accused person. --Shak.
3. To wrest from the proper meaning; to distort. --Jar.
4. To keep on the stretch, as a bow. [Obs.]
The bow tortureth the string. --Bacon.
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