1. An engine for casting stones.
2. Extreme pain; anguish; torture; the utmost degree of misery, either of body or mind. The more I see pleasures about me, so much more I feel Torment within me. (milton)
3. That which gives pain, vexation, or misery. They brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments. (Matt. Iv. 24)
Origin: OF. Torment, F. Tourment, fr. L. Tormentum an engine for hurling missiles, an instrument of torture, a rack, torture, fr. Torquere to turn, to twist, hurl. See Turture.