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What is another word for torturing?

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Unbearably or excruciatingly painful or torturous
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The act of contorting, twisting or deforming something
“Not only were they torturing me into a night away from my work, they were doing it with the addition of meatheads like Steven.”
Present participle for to inflict severe physical pain on
“The fight against those who torture animals in the name of science has moved up a step, and we must be ready to take our struggle forward.”
Present participle for to cause great mental or emotional suffering
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“What if I had just lost the love of my life? What if that one thought would torture me, leaving me with sleepless nights.”
Present participle for to oppress or inflict great suffering on
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“It also seemed that she had just stayed in the marriage to emotionally torture him, so poor Malcolm was in a terrible dilemma.”
Present participle for to make or become bent or twisted out of shape
“If you torture the metal too much with your hammer, it will react by breaking suddenly.”
Present participle for to physically distort or contort something
Present participle for to cause pain through mistreatment
Present participle for punish severely
Present participle for to be anxious or concerned about something in particular
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