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Prisoners were frequently subjected to torture and beatings. Options
onsen
Posted: Monday, October 4, 2021 9:51:21 AM
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Hello,

Quote:

subject
verb
You are subjected to something unpleasant when you are made to experience and suffer it: Prisoners were frequently subjected to torture and beatings.

(Harrap's Essential English Dictionary)


About the phrase 'torture and beatings':

Q1. Is the phrase 'torture and beatings' a fixed one?
Q2. Does the 'torture' include the 'beatings' in meaning?
If so, the phrase sounds like the phrase 'animals and dogs' in its construction.


Thank you.
FounDit
Posted: Monday, October 4, 2021 10:27:24 AM

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onsen wrote:
Hello,

Quote:

subject
verb
You are subjected to something unpleasant when you are made to experience and suffer it: Prisoners were frequently subjected to torture and beatings.

(Harrap's Essential English Dictionary)


About the phrase 'torture and beatings':

Q1. Is the phrase 'torture and beatings' a fixed one? No.

Q2. Does the 'torture' include the 'beatings' in meaning? No. Beatings are simply one part of torture. It can take many forms, some physical, some mental. For example: isolation for long periods of time, wet or cold, withholding food or water for long periods of time, being told lies and making them sound true, etc.

If so, the phrase sounds like the phrase 'animals and dogs' in its construction.


Thank you.
Balcácer
Posted: Monday, October 4, 2021 3:59:23 PM

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Boo hoo!

Torture beatings Synonyms

We can't find synonyms for the phrase "Torture beatings", but we have synonyms for terms, you can combine them.

Torture Synonyms
torment
agony
anguish
rack
excruciate


pain
misery
distress
agonize
afflict
affliction
suffering
persecution
crucify
harrow
wound
woe
persecute
plague
tribulation
Beatings Synonyms
thrashings
defeats
beats
defeat
slaughter


https://synonym.tech/phrase/torture/beatings
thar
Posted: Monday, October 4, 2021 4:31:30 PM

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That list actually shows how they are different.

A beating is a physical assault. Multiple serious injuries from blunt objects such as fists, feet, clubs, chains.
If you get in a serious fight, you can be kicked and beaten. But there is no torture involved in that instance.

And if you come under the control of a sadistic or extremist ideological power, you can suffer torture. Normally to get you to talk or confess, but sometimes just as punishment.
That may be purely emotional - fake executions, threats to other oeople, - or can be physical, anything from waterboarding to electric prods to lord knows what else.

It can also include physical beatings. But they are only one tool for the emotional damage caused by torture. And prisoners seem to sometimes feel that is not the worst part, from the accounts you read.

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