torture


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

torture \tor"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. tortured
   (t[^o]r"t[-u]rd; 135); p. pr. & vb. n. tTorturing.] [Cf. F.
   Torturer. ]
   1. To put to torture; to pain extremely; to harass; to vex.
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   2. To punish with torture; to put to the rack; as, to torture
      an accused person. --Shak.
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   3. To wrest from the proper meaning; to distort. --Jar.
      Taylor.
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   4. To keep on the stretch, as a bow. [Obs.]
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            The bow tortureth the string.         --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Torture \Tor"ture\ (t[^o]r"t[-u]r; 135), n. [F., fr. L. tortura,
   fr. torquere, tortum, to twist, rack, torture; probably akin
   to Gr. tre`pein to turn, G. drechseln to turn on a lathe, and
   perhaps to E. queer. Cf. Contort, Distort, Extort,
   Retort, Tart, n., Torch, Torment, Tortion, Tort,
   Trope.]
   1. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; pang; agony;
      torment; as, torture of mind. --Shak.
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            Ghastly spasm or racking torture.     --Milton.
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   2. Especially, severe pain inflicted judicially, either as
      punishment for a crime, or for the purpose of extorting a
      confession from an accused person, as by water or fire, by
      the boot or thumbkin, or by the rack or wheel.
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   3. The act or process of torturing.
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            Torture, which had always been deciared illegal, and
            which had recently been declared illegal even by the
            servile judges of that age, was inflicted for the
            last time in England in the month of May, 1640.
                                                  --Macaulay.
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