Usage note
This word may also be spelled "tormentar."
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to cause physical pain)
a. to torture
El alcaide fue acusado de atormentar a varios prisioneros.The warden was accused of torturing several prisoners.
2. (to cause mental pain)
a. to torment
Él la atormentaba continuamente con sus insinuaciones e insultos, hasta que ella un día se hartó y lo dejó.He was continuously tormenting her with his insinuations and insults, until one day she got fed up and left him.
3. (to distress)
a. to torment
La idea de que ella fue la causante de la muerte de su padre la atormentó toda la vida.The idea that she was responsible for her father's death tormented her all her life.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
4. (to torture oneself)
a. to torment oneself
Deja de atormentarte por algo que ya no tiene remedio.Stop tormenting yourself for something you can do nothing about.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to torture
2. (fig)
a. to torment
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transitive verb
1 (Mil) etc to torture
2 (causar aflicción) to torment; (acosar) to plague; harass; (tentar) to tantalize
pronominal verb
atormentarse to torment o.s.
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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