verb (used with object)
- to afflict with great bodily or mental suffering; pain: to be tormented with violent headaches.
- to worry or annoy excessively: to torment one with questions.
- to throw into commotion; stir up; disturb.
- a state of great bodily or mental suffering; agony; misery.
- something that causes great bodily or mental pain or suffering.
- a source of much trouble, worry, or annoyance.
- an instrument of torture, as the rack or the thumbscrew.
- the infliction of torture by means of such an instrument or the torture so inflicted.
verb (tɔːˈmɛnt) (tr)
- to afflict with great pain, suffering, or anguish; torture
- to tease or pester in an annoying waystop tormenting the dog
- physical or mental pain
- a source of pain, worry, annoyance, etc
- archaic an instrument of torture
- archaic the infliction of torture
late 13c., “inflicting of torture,” also “state of great suffering,” from Old French tourment (11c.), from Latin tormentum “twisted sling, rack,” related to torquere “to twist” (see thwart).
late 13c., from Old French tormenter (12c.), from Latin tormentare, from tormentum (see torment (n.)). Related: Tormented; tormenting.