crucify vs torment what difference

what is difference between crucify and torment

English

Etymology

From Middle English crucifien, from Old French crucefier, from Late Latin crucificāre, from Latin crucifīgere.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹuːsɪfaɪ/
  • Rhymes: -aɪ

Verb

crucify (third-person singular simple present crucifies, present participle crucifying, simple past and past participle crucified)

  1. To execute (a person) by nailing to a cross.
  2. To punish or otherwise express extreme anger at, especially as a scapegoat or target of outrage.
    • 1896 July 9, William Jennings Bryan, Cross of Gold speech:
      Having behind us the commercial interests and the laboring interests and all the toiling masses, we shall answer their demands for a gold standard by saying to them, you shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.
  3. (hyperbolic, informal, sports) To thoroughly beat at a sport or game.

Derived terms

  • decrucify

Related terms

  • cross
  • crucifix
  • crucifixion
  • crucifixional
  • crux

Translations



English

Etymology

From Middle English torment, from Old French torment, from Latin tormentum (something operated by twisting), from torquere (to twist).

Pronunciation

  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈtɔː(ɹ)mɛnt/
  • (verb) IPA(key): /tɔː(ɹ)ˈmɛnt/

Noun

torment (countable and uncountable, plural torments)

  1. (obsolete) A catapult or other kind of war-engine.
  2. Torture, originally as inflicted by an instrument of torture.
  3. Any extreme pain, anguish or misery, either physical or mental.
    He was bitter from the torments of the divorce.
    • They brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:pain

Derived terms

  • tormentous

Translations

Verb

torment (third-person singular simple present torments, present participle tormenting, simple past and past participle tormented)

  1. (transitive) To cause severe suffering to (stronger than to vex but weaker than to torture.)
    The child tormented the flies by pulling their wings off.
    • 2013, Phil McNulty, “Man City 4-1 Man Utd”, BBC Sport, 22 September 2013:
      Moyes, who never won a derby at Liverpool in 11 years as Everton manager, did not find the Etihad any more forgiving as City picked United apart in midfield, where Toure looked in a different class to United’s £27.5m new boy Marouane Fellaini, and in defence as Aguero tormented Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

Derived terms

  • tormentor

Translations


Middle English

Etymology

Borrowed from Old French torment, from Latin tormentum.

Noun

torment (plural torments)

  1. torment (suffering, pain)

Descendants

  • English: torment

Middle French

Alternative forms

  • tourment

Etymology

From Old French torment, from Latin tormentum.

Noun

torment m (plural torments)

  1. torment; suffering; anguish

Old French

Alternative forms

  • turment

Etymology

From Latin tormentum.

Noun

torment m (oblique plural tormenz or tormentz, nominative singular tormenz or tormentz, nominative plural torment)

  1. torture
  2. (figuratively, by extension) suffering; torment

Descendants

  • Middle English: torment (borrowing)
    • English: torment
  • Middle French: torment, tourment
    • French: tourment

References

  • “tourment” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Old Occitan

Etymology

From Latin tormentum.

Noun

torment m (nominative singular torments)

  1. suffering; torment

Descendants

  • Catalan: turment
  • Occitan: torment

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