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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Torment  \Tor*ment"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {tormented};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {tormenting}.]  [OF.  tormenter,  F.  tourmenter.] 
  1.  To  put  to  extreme  pain  or  anguish;  to  inflict  excruciating 
  misery  upon  either  of  body  or  mind;  to  torture.  ``  Art 
  thou  come  hither  to  torment  us  before  our  time?  ''  --Matt. 
  viii.  29. 
  2.  To  pain;  to  distress;  to  afflict. 
  Lord,  my  servant  lieth  at  home  sick  of  the  palsy, 
  grievously  tormented.  --Matt.  viii. 
  3.  To  tease;  to  vex;  to  harass;  as  to  be  tormented  with 
  importunities,  or  with  petty  annoyances.  [Colloq.] 
  4.  To  put  into  great  agitation.  [R.]  ``[They],  soaring  on 
  main  wing,  tormented  all  the  air.''  --Milton. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Torment  \Tor"ment\,  n.  [OF.  torment,  F.  tourment,  fr  L. 
  tormentum  an  engine  for  hurling  missiles,  an  instrument  of 
  torture,  a  rack,  torture,  fr  torquere  to  turn,  to  twist, 
  hurl.  See  {Turture}.] 
  1.  (Mil.  Antiq.)  An  engine  for  casting  stones.  [Obs.]  --Sir 
  T.  Elyot. 
  2.  Extreme  pain;  anguish;  torture;  the  utmost  degree  of 
  misery,  either  of  body  or  mind.  --Chaucer. 
  The  more  I  see  Pleasures  about  me  so  much  more  I 
  feel  Torment  within  me  --Milton. 
  3.  That  which  gives  pain,  vexation,  or  misery. 
  They  brought  unto  him  all  sick  people  that  were 
  taken  with  divers  diseases  and  torments.  --Matt.  iv 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  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}, 
  v  1:  torment  emotionally  or  mentally  [syn:  {torture},  {excruciate}, 
  2:  annoy  constantly  [syn:  {rag},  {tantalize},  {bedevil},  {crucify}, 
  {dun},  {frustrate}] 
  3:  subject  to  torture  [syn:  {torture},  {excruciate}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  Gr  basanos  (Matt.  4:24),  the  "touch-stone"  of  justice;  hence 
  inquisition  by  torture,  and  then  any  disease  which  racks  and 
  tortures  the  limbs. 

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