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English definition of “torture”

torture

noun     /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
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