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Adjective
Unbearably or excruciatingly painful or torturous
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Causing great pain or anguish
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(of a person or governing body) Cruel or severe in nature
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Offensive, causing or eliciting a strong negative reaction
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Excessive, as results from obsession
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Tempting, especially that which is beyond reach
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Violent or forcible action used to coerce someone into doing something against their will
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Teasing
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Verb
Present participle for to annoy or harass, especially in an unkind or bothersome way
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“But rather than torment her sister with more questions, Scarlett decided to let the matter drop.”
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Present participle for to mock, taunt or tease someone in a manner designed to provoke them
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“People, particularly other children at school, would always tease and torment me about my freckles.”
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Present participle for to cause or experience severe mental or physical suffering
“Their preferred weapon was a poison that could put a person in great physical pain, then torment them with past woes.”
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Present participle for to intimidate with threats or bullying behavior
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“Wicked but clever men may point the finger of scorn at them, accuse them of entertaining merely temporal views, and endeavor to torment them with threats and promised persecutions.”
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Present participle for to cause to feel fearful or scared
“There was no fire and brimstone, no wicked imps to torment us.”
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Present participle for to oppress or domineer (someone) with one's authority
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Present participle for to treat someone badly, cruelly or unkindly
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Present participle for to be preoccupied with a single thought, topic or emotion
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Present participle for to execute vengeance
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Present participle for suffer violent involuntary contraction of the muscles, producing contortion of the body or limbs
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