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torture

noun uk   /ˈtɔː.tʃər/ us    /ˈtɔːr.tʃɚ/
C2 [U] the act of causing great physical or mental pain in order to persuade someone to do something or to give information, or to be cruel to a person or animal: Half of the prisoners died after torture and starvation. He revealed the secret under torture.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive C1 [C or U] informal a very unpleasant experience: The rush-hour traffic was sheer torture as usual.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters

torture

verb [T] uk   /ˈtɔː.tʃər/ us    /ˈtɔːr.tʃɚ/
C2 to cause great physical or mental pain to someone intentionally: It is claimed that the officers tortured a man to death in a city police station.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive to cause mental pain: He tortured himself for years with the thought that he could have stopped the boy from running into the road.Making people sad, shocked and upset
torturer
noun [C] uk   /r/ us    //
Unpleasant people in generalUnpleasant men
(Definition of torture from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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