- 1The action or practice of inflicting severe pain on someone as a punishment or in order to force them to do or say something: the torture of political prisoners confessions extracted under torture [as modifier]: a torture chamberMore example sentences
- In that memo, it was asserted that inflicting severe pain constituted torture only if the perpetrator knowingly acted for the express and sole purpose of causing agony.
- The insurgency has led police to abuse detainees, using torture as punishment or to extract confessions, the report said.
- A practice of torture by police or prison authorities, either in the form of political persecution or in the context of Art 3 of the Convention, is attributable to the State.
- 1.1Great physical or mental suffering: the torture I’ve gone through because of loving you soMore example sentences
- ‘We see asylum seekers every day who tell us the most harrowing tales of the mental and physical torture and trauma they've suffered,’ she said.
- Along with the other organisers he was sent to Drapchi where he suffered physical and mental torture.
- Many people who have had to flee their homelands will have suffered physical or mental torture.
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- 1Inflict severe pain on: most of the victims had been brutally torturedMore example sentences
- If the history was one of beating up someone, or tormenting or torturing someone, that is always relevant leading up to the act.
- The IHD state that there is always a high possibility that a person will be tortured in police custody.
- He believed that he would be imprisoned, tortured or possibly executed.
- 1.1Cause great mental suffering to: he was tortured by griefMore example sentences
- If you seek pleasure with disregard for others you're going down a dark, lonely, depressing slide into mental torture a place where you wish you weren't born.
- The site was too much to take in, yet a firm imprint of what was before me was planted firmly into my mind, torturing me for as long as I live.
- I had my car back, so there wouldn't be any long, silent, bus rides to torture my mind with.
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- Unfortunately, this is the only case in two decades of dictatorship in which torturers were held accountable.
- They include mass murderers, torturers, former and future tyrants and assorted international criminals.
- He also thinks it amounts to a legal how-to guide for torturers.
late Middle English (in the sense 'distortion, twisting', or a physical disorder characterized by this): via French from late Latin tortura 'twisting, torment', from Latin torquere 'to twist'.