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torment
used in War and Peace

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to cause or to experience great mental or physical suffering
  • And all you have of hope and strength merely weighs you down and torments you with regret.
    Book One — 1805 (23% in)
  • Sonya wore a company smile but was evidently tormented by jealousy; now she turned pale, now blushed and strained every nerve to overhear what Nicholas and Julie were saying to one another.
    Book One — 1805 (55% in)
  • On reaching the village he dismounted and went to the nearest house, intending to rest if but for a moment, eat something, and try to sort out the stinging and tormenting thoughts that confused his mind.
    Book Two — 1805 (61% in)
  • The old princess did not reply, she was tormented by jealousy of her daughter's happiness.
    Book Three — 1805 (13% in)
  • It is good because it's definite and one is rid of the old tormenting doubt."
    Book Three — 1805 (15% in)
  • The question of how to write to Nicholas, and whether she ought to write, tormented her.
    Book Three — 1805 (36% in)
  • He was already enjoying that happiness when that little Napoleon had suddenly appeared with his unsympathizing look of shortsighted delight at the misery of others, and doubts and torments had followed, and only the heavens promised peace.
    Book Three — 1805 (**% in)
  • The unsolved problem that tormented him was caused by hints given by the princess, his cousin, at Moscow, concerning Dolokhov's intimacy with his wife, and by an anonymous letter he had received that morning, which in the mean jocular way common to anonymous letters said that he saw badly through his spectacles, but that his wife's connection with Dolokhov was a secret to no one but himself.
    Book Four — 1806 (31% in)
  • Pierre looked at Dolokhov and his eyes dropped, the something terrible and monstrous that had tormented him all dinnertime rose and took possession of him.
    Book Four — 1806 (34% in)
  • At the very instant he did this and uttered those words, Pierre felt that the question of his wife's guilt which had been tormenting him the whole day was finally and indubitably answered in the affirmative.
    Book Four — 1806 (35% in)
  • And is it worth tormenting oneself, when one has only a moment of life in comparison with eternity?
    Book Four — 1806 (46% in)
  • One tormenting impression did not leave him: that those broad-boned reddish hands with hairy wrists visible from under the shirt sleeves, those hands which he loved and hated, held him in their power.
    Book Four — 1806 (85% in)
  • Bilibin wrote that the obligation of diplomatic discretion tormented him, and he was happy to have in Prince Andrew a reliable correspondent to whom he could pour out the bile he had accumulated at the sight of all that was being done in the army.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (36% in)
  • So I am serving because I alone have any influence with my father, and now and then can save him from actions which would torment him afterwards.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (56% in)
  • The process in his mind went on tormenting him without reaching a conclusion.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (99% in)
  • But in the secret depths of her soul the question whether her engagement to Boris was a jest or an important, binding promise tormented her.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (43% in)
  • Not everyone will understand this friendship dating from your childish days, and to see him so intimate with you may injure you in the eyes of other young men who visit us, and above all it torments him for nothing.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (48% in)
  • I should never have believed it, but the feeling is stronger than I. Yesterday I tormented myself and suffered, but I would not exchange even that torment for anything in the world, I have not lived till now.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (81% in)
  • I should never have believed it, but the feeling is stronger than I. Yesterday I tormented myself and suffered, but I would not exchange even that torment for anything in the world, I have not lived till now.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (81% in)
  • I don't want.... to be tormented?
    Book Six — 1808-10 (85% in)
  • He continually hurt Princess Mary's feelings and tormented her, but it cost her no effort to forgive him.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (93% in)
  • And they all struggled and suffered and tormented one another and injured their souls, their eternal souls, for the attainment of benefits which endure but for an instant.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (98% in)
  • The thought that her best days, which she would have employed in loving him, were being vainly wasted, with no advantage to anyone, tormented her incessantly.
    Book Seven — 1810-11 (99% in)
  • Had he forced her to prostrate herself to the ground all night, had he beaten her or made her fetch wood or water, it would never have entered her mind to think her position hard; but this loving despot—the more cruel because he loved her and for that reason tormented himself and her—knew how not merely to hurt and humiliate her deliberately, but to show her that she was always to blame for everything.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (9% in)
  • Of late he had exhibited a new trait that tormented Princess Mary more than anything else; this was his ever-increasing intimacy with Mademoiselle Bourienne.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (9% in)
  • * *Poisonous nourishment of a too sensitive soul, Thou, without whom happiness would for me be impossible, Tender melancholy, ah, come to console me, Come to calm the torments of my gloomy retreat, And mingle a secret sweetness With these tears that I feel to be flowing.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (23% in)
  • The same thought was meanwhile tormenting Princess Mary.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (34% in)
  • She felt agitated and tormented, and the cause of this was Kuragin whom she could not help watching.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (48% in)
  • She was tormented by the insoluble question whether she loved Anatole or Prince Andrew.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (60% in)
  • How she torments herself, poor thing!
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (62% in)
  • I'm only tormented by the wrong I have done him.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (98% in)
  • The old prince knew very well that he tormented his daughter and that her life was very hard, but he also knew that he could not help tormenting her and that she deserved it.
    Book Nine — 1812 (32% in)
  • The old prince knew very well that he tormented his daughter and that her life was very hard, but he also knew that he could not help tormenting her and that she deserved it.
    Book Nine — 1812 (32% in)
  • He knew from experience the tormenting expectation of terror and death the cornet was suffering and knew that only time could help him.
    Book Nine — 1812 (61% in)
  • Something else, resembling remorse, tormented him.
    Book Nine — 1812 (65% in)
  • On the contrary it tormented her more than anything else of late, and particularly so on this bright, hot summer day in town.
    Book Nine — 1812 (73% in)
  • From the day when Pierre, after leaving the Rostovs' with Natasha's grateful look fresh in his mind, had gazed at the comet that seemed to be fixed in the sky and felt that something new was appearing on his own horizon—from that day the problem of the vanity and uselessness of all earthly things, that had incessantly tormented him, no longer presented itself.
    Book Nine — 1812 (78% in)
  • To see him, talk to him, feel his eyes on her now that her whole soul was overflowing with those dreadful, wicked temptations, was a torment of joy and terror.
    Book Ten — 1812 (25% in)
  • And from the height of this perception all that had previously tormented and preoccupied him suddenly became illumined by a cold white light without shadows, without perspective, without distinction of outline.
    Book Ten — 1812 (64% in)
  • There they are, those false images that agitated, enraptured, and tormented me," said he to himself, passing in review the principal pictures of the magic lantern of life and regarding them now in the cold white daylight of his clear perception of death.
    Book Ten — 1812 (64% in)
  • She was continually tormented by jealousy of her daughter, and now that jealousy concerned a subject near to her own heart, she could not reconcile herself to the idea.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (16% in)
  • Yes, one must harness them, must harness them!" he repeated to himself with inward rapture, feeling that these words and they alone expressed what he wanted to say and solved the question that tormented him.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (21% in)
  • Painful as that was it was not that which tormented Pierre at the moment.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (79% in)
  • He was tormented by the consciousness of his own weakness.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (79% in)
  • The countess knew this, but what it might be she did not know, and this alarmed and tormented her.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (85% in)
  • That feeling akin to temptation which had tormented her during her father's illness, since his death, and especially since her meeting with Rostov was smothered by arrangements for the journey, anxiety about her brother, settling in a new house, meeting new people, and attending to her nephew's education.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (28% in)
  • Sonya was there too, tormented by curiosity as to what Prince Andrew and Natasha were talking about.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (44% in)
  • Her love for Rostov no longer tormented or agitated her.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (78% in)
  • He had twice experienced that terribly tormenting fear of death—the end—but now he no longer understood that fear.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (92% in)
  • Recalling the moment at the ambulance station when he had seen Kuragin, he could not now regain the feeling he then had, but was tormented by the question whether Kuragin was alive.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (93% in)
  • Prince Andrew had thought and said that happiness could only be negative, but had said it with a shade of bitterness and irony as though he was really saying that all desire for positive happiness is implanted in us merely to torment us and never be satisfied.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (60% in)
  • This solitude exhausted and tormented her but she was in absolute need of it.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (1% in)
  • "It's the only one worth remembering; but since that.... it's only been tormenting folk."
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (14% in)
  • He had all he wanted: the thought of his wife which had been a continual torment to him was no longer there, since she was no more.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (20% in)
  • The very question that had formerly tormented him, the thing he had continually sought to find—the aim of life—no longer existed for him now.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (21% in)

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