instrument of torture

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Noun1.instrument of torture - an instrument of punishment designed and used to inflict torture on the condemned person
iron boot, iron heel, the boot, boot - an instrument of torture that is used to heat or crush the foot and leg
instrument of punishment - an instrument designed and used to punish a condemned person
iron maiden - instrument of torture consisting of a hollow iron frame shaped like the human body and lined with spikes to impale the victim
rack, wheel - an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims
thumbscrew - instrument of torture that crushes the thumb
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I don't wonder the poor old boy has the blues with a thing like that on"; and Charlie sat looking at what seemed to him an instrument of torture, with such a sober face that Rose took it gently away, and went in to bid Mac good-night.
The megaphone man raised his instrument of torture; the inside of the great automobile began to thump and throb like the heart of a coffee drinker.
But, of old, there was One whose suffering changed an instrument of torture, degradation and shame, into a symbol of glory, honor, and immortal life; and, where His spirit is, neither degrading stripes, nor blood, nor insults, can make the Christian's last struggle less than glorious.
In one perhaps there may be a dagger, in another a few drops of blood, and in a third the remains of some instrument of torture; but there being nothing in all this out of the common way, and your lamp being nearly exhausted, you will return towards your own apartment.
Number Thirteen knew nothing of the danger of firearms, but the noise had startled him and his experience with the stinging cut of the bull whip convinced him that this other was some sort of instrument of torture of which it would be as well to deprive his antagonist.
An instrument of torture operated by a person with cotton in his ears.
He had scarcely spoken, when Squeers, in a violent outbreak of wrath, and with a cry like the howl of a wild beast, spat upon him, and struck him a blow across the face with his instrument of torture, which raised up a bar of livid flesh as it was inflicted.
Tom Tulliver, being abundant in no form of speech, did not use any metaphor to declare his views as to the nature of Latin; he never called it an instrument of torture; and it was not until he had got on some way in the next half-year, and in the Delectus, that he was advanced enough to call it a "bore" and "beastly stuff." At present, in relation to this demand that he should learn Latin declensions and conjugations, Tom was in a state of as blank unimaginativeness concerning the cause and tendency of his sufferings, as if he had been an innocent shrewmouse imprisoned in the split trunk of an ash-tree in order to cure lameness in cattle.
He added that India was using sexual abuse as an instrument of torture in occupied Kashmir.
Lovely although wait for the heatwave to pass before trying one, obviously, or it will be more instrument of torture than healing.
Her garden was a reference to the graveyards she created, while silver bells were thumb screws and cockleshells were believed to be an instrument of torture that was attached to the male genitals.
"The very idea that music could be an instrument of torture confronts us with a novel--and disturbing--perspective on contemporary musicality in the United States." (10) It seems to me that an egregiously negative use of music raises a number of important questions.

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