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torment

noun uk   /ˈtɔː.ment/ us    /ˈtɔːr-/
[U] great mental suffering and unhappiness, or great physical pain: The family said they had endured years of torment and abuse at the hands of the neighbours. Waiting for the result of the medical tests was sheer torment. He spent the night in torment, trying to decide what was the best thing to do.Pain and painful torments [plural] great mental suffering and unhappiness: Nothing can describe the torments we went through while we were waiting for news.Pain and painful [C] something or someone that causes great suffering or anger: The tax forms were an annual torment to him.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding

torment

verb [T] uk   /tɔːˈment/ us    /tɔːr-/
to cause a person or animal to suffer or worry: The animals are tormented mercilessly by flies and mosquitoes. The camera focused on a group of women whose faces were tormented by/with (= showed that they were suffering) grief. It tormented me all day - did I remember to lock the door when I left the house?Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
tormentor
noun [C] uk   /-ˈmen.tər/ us    /-ˈmen.tɚ/
Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveUnpleasant people in generalUnpleasant men
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