torment

By repeatedly trying to make someone miserable you torment them. The noun torment is the result of the verb torment.

After stealing the old lady's purse, you might expect to be tormented by many sleepless nights. Those nights without sleep will torment (tor-MENT) you. They are your torment (TOR-ment). Perhaps you shouldn't have done that. You'll doubtless notice the relationship between torture and torment. But the subtle difference between them is that to torment someone is to torture them repeatedly. Often this is used metaphorically. For example, calling someone over and over to demand payment isn't actually torture, but it's certainly a way to torment them.

DEFINITIONS OF: torment

1

n intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain

“the torments of the damned”
Synonyms:
agony, torture
Type of:
hurt, suffering
feelings of mental or physical pain

n unbearable physical pain

Synonyms:
torture
Type of:
hurting, pain
a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder

n extreme mental distress

Synonyms:
anguish, torture
Type of:
distress, hurt, suffering
psychological suffering

n a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented

Synonyms:
harassment
Type of:
annoyance, chafe, vexation
anger produced by some annoying irritation

n a severe affliction

Synonyms:
curse
Type of:
affliction
a cause of great suffering and distress

n the act of harassing someone

Synonyms:
badgering, bedevilment, worrying
Type of:
harassment, molestation
the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism

v torment emotionally or mentally

Synonyms:
excruciate, rack, torture
Type of:
anguish, hurt, pain
cause emotional anguish or make miserable

v treat cruelly

“The children tormented the stuttering teacher”
Synonyms:
bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag
Types:
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madden
drive up the wall; go on someone's nerves
hamstring
make ineffective or powerless
badger, beleaguer, bug, pester, tease
annoy persistently
oppress, persecute
cause to suffer
purge
oust politically
Type of:
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
annoy continually or chronically

v subject to torture

“The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible”
Synonyms:
excruciate, torture
Types:
rack
torture on the rack
martyr, martyrise, martyrize
torture and torment like a martyr
Type of:
injure, wound
cause injuries or bodily harm to

WORD FORMS

n
intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
1 torment
v
make suffer emotionally or mentally
2 torment
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