Meaning of “torment” in the English Dictionary

"torment" in British English

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uk /ˈtɔː.ment/ us /ˈtɔːr.ment/

[ 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 their 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.
torments [ plural ]

great mental suffering and unhappiness:

Nothing can describe the torments we went through while we were waiting for news.

[ C ] something or someone that causes great suffering or anger:

Writing reports was a monthly torment to him.

tormentverb [ T ]

uk /tɔːˈment/ us /tɔːrˈment/

(Definition of “torment” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"torment" in American English

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tormentnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈtɔr·ment/

great mental or physical suffering, or something that causes such pain:

[ U ] After three days of torment, she went to a dentist.
[ C ] That child acts like it’s a torment to see me.
verb [ T ] us /tɔrˈment, ˈtɔr·ment/

The cows were tormented by flies.

(Definition of “torment” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)