Translation of "torture" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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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. 半數的囚犯死於拷打和饑餓。
He revealed the secret under torture. 在嚴刑拷打之下,他招供了。

C1 [ C or U ] informal a very unpleasant experience

The rush-hour traffic was sheer torture as usual. 交通尖峰期像往常一樣令人煎熬。

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tortureverb [ 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. 據稱,1983年在一所市警察局裡,員警將一名男子拷打致死。

to cause mental pain

He tortured himself for years with the thought that he could have stopped the boy from running into the road. 他本可以阻止那個男孩跑到馬路上去的想法多年來折磨著他。

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(Translation of “torture” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)