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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.C1 [C or U] informal a very unpleasant experience: The rush-hour traffic was sheer torture as usual.
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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. to cause mental pain: He tortured himself for years with the thought that he could have stopped the boy from running into the road.
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Translations of “torture”
in Arabic يُعَذِّب…
in Korean 고문하다…
in Malaysian menyeksa…
in French torturer…
in Turkish işkence etmek, eziyet etmek…
in Italian torturare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 拷打, 拷問, 折磨…
in Russian пытать…
in Polish torturować…
in Vietnamese hành hạ…
in Spanish torturar…
in Portuguese torturar…
in Thai ทรมานให้เจ็บปวด…
in German foltern…
in Catalan torturar…
in Japanese ~を拷問する…
in Indonesian menyiksa…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拷打, 拷问, 折磨…
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