torment | tormentor

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mental or physical suffering

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torment - torture

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The word ‘torment’ is used to express intense unhappiness and pain, or something that is a source of great distress and a cause of such feelings. As it implies persecution and the repeated infliction of both physical and mental suffering, this term has very negative connotations.

Synonyms persecute

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  1. Alice broke down as she told me about her difficult upbringing and the years of torment she had endured at the hands of her tyrannical father.

  2. When the police told me that Kevin was missing, I laid awake all night, tormented by thoughts of what might have happened to him.

  3. When Chris told me that he was a victim of bullying in the workplace, I told him that he must confront his tormentor and put a stop to it.

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