- vt. 折磨，使痛苦；纠缠，作弄
- n. 痛苦，苦恼；痛苦的根源
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来自拉丁语 torquere,扭曲，词源同 turn,torque.-ment,名词后缀。引申词义折磨，痛苦。
- torment:  The notion underlying torment is of an instrument of torture worked by ‘twisting’. The word was borrowed from Latin tormentum ‘instrument of torture’, hence ‘torture, great suffering’. This was a contraction of an earlier *torquementum, a derivative of torquēre ‘twist’, which has also given English contort , extort , retort , torch, torque , torsion , tort , tortuous , and torture  (literally ‘twisting’).
=> contort, extort, retort, thwart, torch, torque, torsion, tort, torture
- torment (n.)
- c. 1300, "the inflicting of torture," also "state of great suffering, pain, distress," from Old French torment "torture, pain, anguish, suffering distress" (11c., Modern French tourment), from Latin tormentum "twisted cord, sling; clothes-press; instrument for hurling stones," also "instrument of torture, a rack," figuratively "anguish, pain, torment," from torquere "to twist" (see torque (n.)).
- torment (v.)
- c. 1300, "inflict torture on, distress," from Old French tormenter "torture, torment, oppress, agitate" (12c.), from Medieval Latin tormentare "to torment, to twist," from Latin tormentum (see torment (n.)). Related: Tormented; tormenting.
- 1. Outdoors, mosquitoes and midges were a perpetual torment.
- 2. the cries of a man in torment
- 3. Love is a sweet tyranny , because the lover endures his torment willingly.
- 爱情是甜蜜的暴政, 情人甘心忍受它的折磨.
- 4. It was wicked of you to torment the poor girl.
- 5. He has never suffered the torment of rejection.
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