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Definition to cause or to experience great mental or physical suffering
  • She enjoys tormenting others.
tormenting = causing great mental or physical suffering
  • She concealed her torment.
  • torment = great suffering
  • Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
    Elie Wiesel (Nobel Acceptance Speech)
  • I sometimes felt a twinge of remorse, when passing by the old place, at ever having taken part in what must have been sheer torment to Arthur Radley— what reasonable recluse wants children peeping through his shutters, delivering greetings on the end of a fishing-pole, wandering in his collards at night?
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • torment = great suffering
  • We were tormented with hunger.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • tormented = caused great mental or physical suffering
  • People in the house were tormented almost to death by his incessant fumbling cornet practice.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • tormented = made to suffer
  • What tormented Ivan Ilych most was the deception, the lie, which for some reason they all accepted, that he was not dying
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • tormented = caused great mental suffering
  • From that day on I stopped tormenting Buffo,
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • tormenting = causing suffering for
  • I know you want to comfort me, but don't you see, you torment me far more than if you told me the truth? I cannot bear the uncertainty.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • torment = cause suffering to
  • "I hope this pleases you" (turning her back on him); "I hope your eyes are not tormented now."
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • tormented = made to suffer
  • ...who knows what fears tormented his child's mind?
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • tormented = caused great mental or physical suffering
  • Flattering me into tormenting them because he ... loved viciousness.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • tormenting = causing great suffering (in)
  • He spent the night awake, tormented by the pain of his sores.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • tormented = made to suffer
  • Up to this moment jealousy had not been one of his torments; now it suddenly gnawed at his heart.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • torments = something causing great mental suffering
  • Do not torment me:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • torment = cause great mental or physical suffering
  • If we don't want him tormenting us with algebra or Irish grammar all we have to do is ask him a question about America and that gets him so excited he might go on for the whole day.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • tormenting = making us suffer
  • For months she'd been tormented by the thought that Pedro had lied to her on his wedding day, that he'd told her he loved her just so she wouldn't suffer, or that as time went on, he really had grown to love Rosaura.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • tormented = made to experience great mental suffering
  • "Son," he said to Jem, "I'm going to tell you something and tell you one time: stop tormenting that man."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • tormenting = causing suffering
  • How so reasonable a creature could live in peril of everlasting torment was incomprehensible.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • torment = great suffering
  • When we were small, Jem and I confined our activities to the southern neighborhood, but when I was well into the second grade at school and tormenting Boo Radley became passe, the business section of Maycomb drew us frequently up the street past the real property of Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
tormenting = causing suffering

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