Tor·ment v. t. [imp. & p. p. tormented p. pr. & vb. n. tormenting.]
1. To put to extreme pain or anguish; to inflict excruciating misery upon, either of body or mind; to torture. “ Art thou come hither to torment us before our time? ”
2. To pain; to distress; to afflict.
Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. --Matt. viii. 6.
3. To tease; to vex; to harass; as, to be tormented with importunities, or with petty annoyances. [Colloq.]
4. To put into great agitation. [R.] “[They], soaring on main wing, tormented all the air.”
1. Mil. Antiq. An engine for casting stones. [Obs.]
2. Extreme pain; anguish; torture; the utmost degree of misery, either of body or mind.
The more I see
Pleasures about me, so much more I feel
Torment within me. --Milton.
3. That which gives pain, vexation, or misery.
They brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments. --Matt. iv. 24.
n 1: unbearable physical pain [syn: torture]
2: extreme mental distress [syn: anguish, torture]
3: intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical
pain; "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned"
[syn: agony, torture]
4: a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented;
"so great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his
tormentors" [syn: harassment]
5: a severe affliction [syn: curse]
6: the act of harassing someone [syn: badgering, worrying,
v 1: torment emotionally or mentally [syn: torture, excruciate,
2: treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering
teacher" [syn: rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate]
3: subject to torture; "The sinners will be tormented in Hell,
according to the Bible" [syn: torture, excruciate]
Gr. basanos (Matt. 4:24), the "touch-stone" of justice; hence
inquisition by torture, and then any disease which racks and
tortures the limbs.