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Definition of Torture

Torture

  1. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; pang; agony; torment; as, torture of mind.
  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.
  3. The act or process of torturing.
  4. To put to torture; to pain extremely; to harass; to vex.
  5. To punish with torture; to put to the rack; as, to torture an accused person.
  6. To wrest from the proper meaning; to distort.
  7. To keep on the stretch, as a bow.

Torture Quotations

You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
Mahatma Gandhi

Governments that block the aspirations of their people, that steal or are corrupt, that oppress and torture or that deny freedom of expression and human rights should bear in mind that they will find it increasingly hard to escape the judgement of their own people, or where warranted, the reach of international law.
William Hague

Insomnia is a vertiginous lucidity that can convert paradise itself into a place of torture.
Emil Cioran

Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture.
Charles Horton Cooley

Love is a reciprocal torture.
Marcel Proust
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Torture Translations

torture in Dutch is pijnigen, martelen, folteren
torture in Finnish is kiduttaa
torture in French is tourment, torturons, torturent, torturez, supplice
torture in German is Qual, Qual, Folter
torture in Italian is tortura, tormento
torture in Latin is cruciamentum, cruciatus, torqueo, excrucio
torture in Portuguese is tortura
torture in Spanish is tortura, tormento
torture in Swedish is tortera, pina, tortyr
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