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torturenoun

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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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.
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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torturer
noun [C] uk   /ˈtɔː.tʃər.ər/ us   /ˈtɔːr..tʃər.ɚ/
(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 severe mental pain: [C] All drivers suffer the tortures of traffic and bad weather.
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 cause great physical or mental pain 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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