AskDefine | Define torment

Dictionary Definition



1 unbearable physical pain [syn: torture]
2 extreme mental distress [syn: anguish, torture]
3 intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain; "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned" [syn: agony, torture]
4 a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented; "so great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his tormentors" [syn: harassment]
5 a severe affliction [syn: curse]
6 the act of harassing someone [syn: badgering, worrying, bedevilment]


1 torment emotionally or mentally [syn: torture, excruciate, rack]
2 treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher" [syn: rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate]
3 subject to torture; "The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible" [syn: torture, excruciate]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Pain, anguish or misery, either physical or mental.
    He was bitter from the torments of the insipid divorce system.




  1. To cause severe suffering to (stronger than to vex but weaker than to torture.)
    The child tormented the flies by pulling their wings off.


to cause severe suffering

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Torment may refer to the following:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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