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. noun
    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
    synonyms: agony, torture
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    type of:
    hurt, suffering
    feelings of mental or physical pain
  2. noun
    unbearable physical pain
    synonyms: torture
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    type of:
    hurting, pain
    a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder
  3. noun
    extreme mental distress
    synonyms: anguish, torture
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    type of:
    distress, hurt, suffering
    psychological suffering
  4. noun
    a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented
    synonyms: harassment
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    type of:
    annoyance, chafe, vexation
    anger produced by some annoying irritation
  5. noun
    a severe affliction
    synonyms: curse
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    type of:
    affliction
    a cause of great suffering and distress
  6. noun
    the act of harassing someone
    synonyms: badgering, bedevilment, worrying
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    harassment, molestation
    the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
  7. verb
    torment emotionally or mentally
    synonyms: excruciate, rack, torture
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    type of:
    anguish, hurt, pain
    cause emotional anguish or make miserable
  8. verb
    treat cruelly
    synonyms: bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag
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    madden
    drive up the wall; get 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
  9. verb
    subject to torture
    synonyms: excruciate, torture
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    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
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