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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

There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
Thomas A. Edison

Guilt is cancer. Guilt will confine you, torture you, destroy you as an artist. It's a black wall. It's a thief.
Dave Grohl

The male, for all his bravado and exploration, is the loyal one, the one who generally feels love. The female is skilled at betrayal and torture and damnation.
Charles Bukowski

It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.
Henrik Ibsen

Torture is an impermissible evil. Except under two circumstances. The first is the ticking time bomb. An innocent's life is at stake. The bad guy you have captured possesses information that could save this life. He refuses to divulge. In such a case, the choice is easy.
Charles Krauthammer
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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