Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun torture

5 senses of torture

Sense 1
anguish, torment, torture -- (extreme mental distress)
       => distress, hurt, suffering -- (psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him great distress")

Sense 2
torture, torment -- (unbearable physical pain)
       => pain, hurting -- (a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder; "the patient developed severe pain and distension")

Sense 3
agony, torment, torture -- (intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain; "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned")
       => suffering, hurt -- (feelings of mental or physical pain)

Sense 4
distortion, overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting -- (the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean)
       => falsification, misrepresentation -- (a willful perversion of facts)

Sense 5
torture, torturing -- (the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession")
       => persecution -- (the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion))

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb torture

2 senses of torture

Sense 1
torment, torture, excruciate, rack -- (torment emotionally or mentally)
       => pain, anguish, hurt -- (cause emotional anguish or make miserable; "It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school")

Sense 2
torture, excruciate, torment -- (subject to torture; "The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible")
       => injure, wound -- (cause injuries or bodily harm to)

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