1. to afflict with great pain, suffering, or anguish; torture
2. to tease or pester in an annoying way: stop tormenting the dog.
3. physical or mental pain
4. a source of pain, worry, annoyance, etc
5. archaic an instrument of torture
6. archaic the infliction of torture
[C13: from Old French, from Latin tormentum, from torqu?re]
tor?menting adj, n