VS.

Punishment vs. Torture

Published:

Punishmentnoun

The act or process of punishing, imposing and/or applying a sanction.

Torturenoun

intentional causing of somebody's experiencing agony

‘Using large dogs to attack bound, hand-cuffed prisoners is clearly torture.’; ‘In every war there are acts of torture that cause the world to shudder.’; ‘People confess to anything under torture.’;

Punishmentnoun

A penalty to punish wrongdoing, especially for crime.

Torturenoun

the "suffering of the heart" imposed by one on another, as in personal relationships

‘Every time she says 'goodbye' it is torture!’; ‘Coventry City midfielder Josh Ruffels described his 11 months out injured as 'absolute torture' after the goalless draw with Derby County Under-21s. ([http://www.ccfc.co.uk/news/article/eleven-months-of-absolute-torture-760652.aspx])’;

Punishmentnoun

A suffering by pain or loss imposed as retribution

Torturenoun

(colloquial) (often as "absolute torture") stage fright, severe embarrassment

ADVERTISEMENT

Punishmentnoun

(figuratively) Any treatment or experience so harsh it feels like being punished; rough handling

‘a vehicle that can take a lot of punishment’;

Tortureverb

(transitive) To intentionally inflict severe pain or suffering on (someone).

‘People who torture often have sadistic tendencies.’; ‘In the aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but, we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values.’;

Punishmentnoun

The act of punishing.

Torturenoun

Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; pang; agony; torment; as, torture of mind.

‘Ghastly spasm or racking torture.’;

Punishmentnoun

Any pain, suffering, or loss inflicted on a person because of a crime or offense.

‘I never gave them condign punishment.’; ‘The rewards and punishments of another life.’;

Torturenoun

Especially, severe pain inflicted judicially, either as punishment for a crime, or for the purpose of extorting a confession from an accused person, as by water or fire, by the boot or thumbkin, or by the rack or wheel.

ADVERTISEMENT

Punishmentnoun

A penalty inflicted by a court of justice on a convicted offender as a just retribution, and incidentally for the purposes of reformation and prevention.

Torturenoun

The act or process of torturing.

‘Torture, which had always been deciared illegal, and which had recently been declared illegal even by the servile judges of that age, was inflicted for the last time in England in the month of May, 1640.’;

Punishmentnoun

Severe, rough, or disastrous treatment.

Tortureverb

To put to torture; to pain extremely; to harass; to vex.

Punishmentnoun

the act of punishing

Tortureverb

To punish with torture; to put to the rack; as, to torture an accused person.

ADVERTISEMENT

Punishment

Punishment, commonly, is the imposition of an undesirable or unpleasant outcome upon a group or individual, meted out by an authority—in contexts ranging from child discipline to criminal law—as a response and deterrent to a particular action or behavior that is deemed undesirable or unacceptable. It is, however, possible to distinguish between various different understandings of what punishment is.The reasoning for punishment may be to condition a child to avoid self-endangerment, to impose social conformity (in particular, in the contexts of compulsory education or military discipline), to defend norms, to protect against future harms (in particular, those from violent crime), and to maintain the law—and respect for rule of law—under which the social group is governed.

Tortureverb

To wrest from the proper meaning; to distort.

Tortureverb

To keep on the stretch, as a bow.

‘The bow tortureth the string.’;

Torturenoun

extreme mental distress

Torturenoun

unbearable physical pain

Torturenoun

intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain;

‘an agony of doubt’; ‘the torments of the damned’;

Torturenoun

the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean

Torturenoun

the act of torturing someone;

‘it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession’;

Tortureverb

torment emotionally or mentally

Tortureverb

subject to torture;

‘The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible’;

Torture

Torture is the act of deliberately inflicting severe physical or psychological suffering on someone by another as a punishment or in order to fulfill some desire of the torturer or force some action from the victim. Torture, by definition, is a knowing and intentional act; deeds which unknowingly or negligently inflict suffering or pain, without a specific intent to do so, are not typically considered torture.Torture has been carried out or sanctioned by individuals, groups, and states throughout history from ancient times to modern day, and forms of torture can vary greatly in duration from only a few minutes to several days or longer.

Punishment Illustrations

Torture Illustrations

Popular Comparisons

Latest Comparisons

Trending Comparisons