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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the intentional causing of great physical or emotional pain to a person or animal.
Some governments use torture to find out the secrets of their enemies.
similar words:
abuse, persecution, terrorism
definition 2: great pain of the emotions or mind; agony.
Speaking in front of a group was torture for him.
agony, anguish, torment
similar words:
distress, hell, misery, pain, woe
part of speech: verb
inflections: tortures, torturing, tortured
definition: to cause great physical or emotional pain intentionally.
The cruel soldiers tortured their prisoners until they revealed military secrets.
rack, torment
similar words:
mistreat, mutilate, persecute
derivations: torturous (adj.), torturingly (adv.), torturer (n.)
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The word torture contains the following parts:
tort Latin root that means twist
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-ure Latin noun-forming suffix that means act or process of
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The suffix -ure attaches to Latin verb roots and English verbs.