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torture

Sexology
noun The infliction of extreme pain on a partner to enhance the sexual experience, usually understood to mean in the context of BDSM role-play.

verb To inflict extreme pain on a partner to enhance the sexual experience, usually understood to mean in the context of BDSM role-play.

torture

(tor′chŭr) [L. tortura, a twisting]
Infliction of severe mental or physical pain by various methods, usually for the purpose of coercion.
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The inconsistency between their hedonistic act utilitarianism and their commitment to torturing only the guilty only to extract information is magnified by the following consideration.
Perhaps torturing art thieves and innocent relatives (as a deterrent to terrorists) would maximize utility, however, to do so would be inconsistent with the formula (saving art is not saving lives, and to extract information by torture is not necessarily to deter others).
38) What about the example of children torturing insects (mentioned earlier)?
He overstayed the visa, which expired in March 1996, sought immigrants' benefits but they were denied after it was disclosed he had participated in torturing his countrymen, according to immigration officials.
One set of prerequisites is clear, however: the determination of fellow human beings to get the facts of torture out into world consciousness and to press torturing governments to stop it once and for all.
Can any realist reasonably argue from the facts that the Marcos regime in the Philippines or the Botha regime in South Africa is gaining security by torturing more and more people into insanity in their prisons?
He was subsequently held for four days on charges of theft and possession of illegal narcotics, and has raised a case against the police officers he accuses of torturing him.
Again, Conroy offhandedly mentions numerous examples close to home--including police in New York City and New Orleans, who were convicted of torturing prisoners in the 1980s, and a systematic pattern of harassment by police K9 units in Los Angeles in the '90s.
prisons "will inevitably encourage prison authorities--including those in torturing states--to do likewise," says Wood, who believes the chances are very high that the belt will eventually be used for torture.
The officer had no problem with Burge allegedly torturing guilty suspects; the officer had a problem only when Burge allegedly tortured innocent suspects.