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Meaning of “torture” in the English Dictionary

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torturenoun

uk   /ˈtɔː.tʃər/  us   /ˈtɔːr.tʃɚ/
C2 [U] the ​act of ​causinggreatphysical or ​mentalpain in ​order to ​persuade someone to do something or to give ​information, or to be ​cruel to a ​person or ​animal: Half of the ​prisonersdied after torture and ​starvation. He ​revealed the ​secret under torture.C1 [C or U] informal a very ​unpleasantexperience: The rush-hour ​traffic was sheer torture as ​usual.

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tortureverb [T]

uk   /ˈtɔː.tʃər/  us   /ˈtɔːr.tʃɚ/
C2 to ​causegreatphysical or ​mentalpain to someone ​intentionally: It is ​claimed that the ​officers tortured a man to ​death in a ​citypolicestation. to ​causementalpain: He tortured himself for ​years with the ​thought that he could have ​stopped the ​boy from ​running into the ​road.

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torturer
noun [C] uk   /r/  us   //
(Definition of torture from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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torturenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈtɔr·tʃər/
an ​injury or ​severementalpain: [C] All ​driverssuffer the tortures of ​traffic and ​badweather. Torture is also the ​act of ​injuring someone or making someone ​suffer in an ​effort to ​force that ​person to do or say what you ​want to be done or said: [U] The ​museum has many ​examples of ​instruments of torture.

tortureverb [T]

 us   /ˈtɔr·tʃər/
to ​causegreatphysical or ​mentalpain to someone: She was tortured by the ​memory of ​their last ​argument.
(Definition of torture from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “torture”
in Korean 고문하다…
in Arabic يُعَذِّب…
in Malaysian menyeksa…
in French torturer…
in Russian пытать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 拷打, 拷問, 折磨…
in Italian torturare…
in Turkish işkence etmek, eziyet etmek…
in Polish torturować…
in Spanish torturar…
in Vietnamese hành hạ…
in Portuguese torturar…
in Thai ทรมานให้เจ็บปวด…
in German foltern…
in Catalan torturar…
in Japanese ~を拷問する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拷打, 拷问, 折磨…
in Indonesian menyiksa…
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