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Main Entry: 1tor·ture
Pronunciation: primarystresstodotr-chschwar
Function: noun
Etymology: from French torture "causing of intense pain or agony," from Latin tortura "act of twisting," from earlier tortus, past participle of torquemacronre "to twist" --related to DISTORT, EXTORT, RETORT
1 : distress of body or mind
2 : the causing of great pain especially to punish or to obtain a confession

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