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来自拉丁语 tortus,扭曲的，扭成一团的，词源同 turn,torment.-ure,名词后缀。引词义拷问， 折磨。
- torture: see torment
- torture (n.)
- early 15c., "contortion, twisting, distortion; a disorder characterized by contortion," from Old French torture "infliction of great pain; great pain, agony" (12c.), and directly from Late Latin tortura "a twisting, writhing," in Medieval Latin "pain inflicted by judicial or ecclesiastical authority as a means of punishment or persuasion," from stem of Latin torquere "to twist, turn, wind, wring, distort" (see torque (n.)). The meaning "infliction of severe bodily pain as a means of punishment or persuasion" in English is from 1550s. The theory behind judicial torture was that a guilty person could be made to confess, but an innocent one could not, by this means. Macaulay writes that it was last inflicted in England in May 1640.
- torture (v.)
- 1580s, from torture (n.). Related: Tortured; torturing.
- 1. The friction of the sheets against his skin was torture.
- 2. 2,000 prisoners died as a result of torture and maltreatment.
- 3. There are consistent reports of electrical torture being practised on inmates.
- 4. I believed that in civilized countries, torture had ended long ago.
- 5. The confessions were obtained by what amounts to torture.
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