βασανιστήριο

GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek βασανιστήριο (basanistḗrio), equivalent to βασανίζω (vasanízo, to torture) +‎ -τήριο (-tírio).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /vasaniˈstiɾio/
  • Hyphenation: βα‧σα‧νι‧στή‧ρι‧ο

NounEdit

βασανιστήριο (vasanistírion (plural βασανιστήρια)

  1. torture (intentional causing of somebody's experiencing agony)
    Η μαστίγωση είναι γνωστό βασανιστήριο.I mastígosi eínai gnostó vasanistírio.Whipping is a known (method of) torture.
  2. (figurative, proscribed) torture, torment, anguish, suffering (extreme mental or emotional pain)
    Πέρασα πολλά βασανιστήρια στη ζωή μου.Pérasa pollá vasanistíria sti zoḯ mou.I went through many torments in my life.

Usage notesEdit

The Babiniotis dictionary proscribes sense 2 but includes it anyway. Figurative senses are more correctly denoted by βάσανο (vásano).

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