- intentional causing of somebody's experiencing agony
- (chiefly, literary) the "suffering of the heart" imposed by one on another, as in personal relationships
- Every time she says 'goodbye' it is torture!
- Coventry City midfielder Josh Ruffels described his 11 months out injured as 'absolute torture' after the goalless draw with Derby County Under-21s. ()
- (colloquial) (often as "absolute torture") stage fright, severe embarrassment
torture (tortures, present participle torturing; past and past participle tortured)
- (transitive) To intentionally inflict severe pain or suffering on (someone).
- People who torture often have sadistic tendencies.
- In the aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but, we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values.
- French: torturer
- German: foltern
- Italian: torturare
- Portuguese: torturar
- Russian: пыта́ть
- Spanish: torturar