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tormentor

A tormentor is someone who terrorizes another person, deliberately making them suffer. If your sister keeps tickling you after you desperately beg her not to, feel free to call her your tormentor.

A tormentor is a person who torments, and both words are strongly related to torture — they share a root that means "to twist." A tormentor doesn't torture once, though, but inflicts pain over a long period of time. While tormentor is often used in a light-hearted way, as when you say your devilish new kitten is your Great Dane's tormentor, it can also be used with reference to serious situations.

Definitions of tormentor
  1. noun
    someone who torments
    synonyms: persecutor, tormenter
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    harasser
    a persistent tormentor
    blighter, cuss, gadfly, pest, pesterer
    a persistently annoying person
    tantaliser, tantalizer
    someone who tantalizes; a tormentor who offers something desirable but keeps it just out of reach
    witch-hunter
    someone who identifies and punishes people for their opinions
    nudnick, nudnik
    (Yiddish) someone who is a boring pest
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    oppressor
    a person of authority who subjects others to undue pressures
  2. noun
    a flat at each side of the stage to prevent the audience from seeing into the wings
    synonyms: teaser, tormenter
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    type of:
    flat
    scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting
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