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. 24.
(Tor*ment") v. t. [imp. & p. p. tormented ; p. pr. & vb. n. tormenting.] [OF. tormenter, F.
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. 6.
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.
1. One who, or that which, torments; a tormentor.
2. An executioner. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Tor*ment"ful) a. Full of torment; causing, or accompanied by, torment; excruciating. [R.]
(Tor"men*til) n. [F. tormentille; cf. Pr., It., & NL. tormentilla, Sp. tormentila; all fr. L. tormentum
pain. So called because it is said to allay pain. See Torment.] (Bot.) A rosaceous herb (Potentilla
Tormentilla), the root of which is used as a powerful astringent, and for alleviating gripes, or tormina,
(Tor*ment"ing) a. Causing torment; as, a tormenting dream. Tor*ment"ing*ly, adv.
(Tor"ment*ise) n. [See Torment.] Torture; torment. [Obs.] Chaucer.
1. One who, or that which, torments; one who inflicts penal anguish or tortures. Jer. Taylor.
Thoughts, my tormentors, armed with deadly stings.Milton.
2. (Agric.) An implement for reducing a stiff soil, resembling a harrow, but running upon wheels. Hebert.
(Tor*ment"ress) n. A woman who torments.
Fortune ordinarily cometh after to whip and punish them, as the scourge and tormentress of glory and
(Tor"ment*ry) n. Anything producing torment, annoyance, or pain. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(||Tor"mi*na) n. pl. [L., a griping in the belly.] (Med.) acute, colicky pains; gripes.
(Tor"mi*nous) a. (Med.) Affected with tormina; griping.
(Torn) p. p. of Tear.