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.


Sir T. Elyot.


Extreme pain; anguish; torture; the utmost degree of misery, either of body or mind.


The more I see Pleasures about me, so much more I feel Torment within me. Milton.


That which gives pain, vexation, or misery.

They brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments. Matt. iv. 24.


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Tor*ment" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. tormented (?); p. pr. & vb. n. tormenting.] [OF. tormenter, F. tourmenter.]


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.


To pain; to distress; to afflict.

Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. Matt. viii. 6.


To tease; to vex; to harass; as, to be tormented with importunities, or with petty annoyances.



To put into great agitation.

[R.] "[They], soaring on main wing, tormented all the air."



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