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torture

2 verb
     
torture2 [transitive]
1 to deliberately hurt someone in order to force them to give you information, to punish them, or to be cruel:
Political opponents of the regime may be tortured.
2 if a feeling or knowledge tortures you, it makes you suffer a lot mentally:
Rachel sat alone for hours at home, tortured by jealousy.
torturer noun [countable]

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