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From Late Latin tortura (“a twisting, wreathing, of bodily pain, a griping colic, Middle Latin pain inflicted by judicial or ecclesiastical authority as a means of persuasion, torture”), from Latin tortus (whence also tort), past participle of torquere (“to twist”).
torture (plural tortures)
- Intentional causing of somebody's experiencing agony.
- (chiefly literary) The "suffering of the heart" imposed by one on another, as in personal relationships.
- Every time she says 'goodbye' it is torture!
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- (transitive) To intentionally inflict severe pain or suffering on (someone).
- People who torture often have sadistic tendencies.
- torture in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- torture in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- torture at OneLook Dictionary Search
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
torture f (plural tortures)
1837, Louis Viardot, L’Ingénieux Hidalgo Don Quichotte de la Manchefr.Wikisource, translation of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Volume I, Chapter I:
- Avec ces propos et d’autres semblables, le pauvre gentilhomme perdait le jugement. Il passait les nuits et se donnait la torture pour les comprendre, pour les approfondir, pour leur tirer le sens des entrailles, ce qu’Aristote lui-même n’aurait pu faire, s’il fût ressuscité tout exprès pour cela.
- With these passages and other similar ones, the poor gentleman lost his judgement. He spent his nights and gave himself torture to understand them, to consider them more deeply, to take from them their deepest meaning, which Aristotle himself would not have been able to do, had he been resurrected for that very purpose.
- first-person singular present indicative of torturer
- third-person singular present indicative of torturer
- first-person singular present subjunctive of torturer
- third-person singular present subjunctive of torturer
- second-person singular imperative of torturer
- "torture" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- plural form of
- vocative masculine singular of
- First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of torturar
- Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of torturar
- Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of torturar
- Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of torturar
- Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of torturar.
- First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of torturar.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of torturar.
- Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of torturar.