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Synonyms for tormenting

extraordinarily painful or distressing

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But soon my trials in this quarter came to a close--sooner than I either expected or desired; for one sweet evening towards the close of May, as I was rejoicing in the near approach of the holidays, and congratulating myself upon having made some progress with my pupils (as far as their learning went, at least, for I HAD instilled SOMETHING into their heads, and I had, at length, brought them to be a little--a very little--more rational about getting their lessons done in time to leave some space for recreation, instead of tormenting themselves and me all day long to no purpose), Mrs.
My dear Friend,--That tormenting creature, Reginald, is here.
They gave the example of Richard Bretton, who had suffered a tormenting voice in his mind for 30 years.
Yes, the original film was good fun but, after a while, the novelty of the museum exhibits coming to life and tormenting poor, down-onhis-luck loser security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) did wear thin.
Writing in The New York Times Magazine in December 2002, he compared the certainty of his fellow liberal hawks on Bosnia, Haiti, East Timor, and Kosovo with the uncertainties of Iraq, commenting, "This time the argument is taking place not just between people but within them, where the dilemmas are all the more tormenting.