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torture

see HUMAN RIGHTS.

TORTURE, punishments. A punishment inflicted in some countries on supposed criminals to induce them to confess their crimes, and to reveal their associates.
     2. This absurd and tyrannical practice never was in use in the United States; for no man is bound to accuse himself. An attempt to torture a person accused of crime, in order to extort a confession, is an indictable offence. 2 Tyler, 380. Vide Question.

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Bloodborne'' is the latest torture device from evil genius Hidetaka Miyazaki and his Tokyo-based studio, From Software.
Looking like a medieval torture device after expansion, these heavy hunks of lead cut a wide, jagged path through flesh, muscle, and bone thanks to what Winchester calls the "bullet-within-a-bullet" construction.
IRON MAIDEN (pictured): Named after a medieval torture device.
Gaga took to the stage strapped into a metal cage that resembled a medieval torture device hoisted above the audience dressed as a bandit, holding a knife, with a black bandana obscuring the lower half of her face, while performing the opening number, Aura.
So you're on this torture device for a half hour sweating, and you're tired.
One chapter examines the expression of the cybernetic desire for control in first-person shooter games; another turns to mods and 'serious games' that critique gaming's emphasis on war and conflict (such as 'Painstation', which turns Pong into a torture device by delivering electric shocks to players).
A long, slender pole with a plug-like ending has been jammed into the pink tongue and palate of the creature's mouth, looking very much like a torture device.
Ebby, now relieved of the camo torture device, curled up on the floor beside my bed and was snoring before I started breathing normally.
Naiza Khan's Spine (2008), a ribcage like metal armature, covered in red suede, was more ambiguous, falling somewhere between torture device, corset and armor, a fetish object suggesting both protection and threat.
The pyramid-shaped ladder, which occupied center stage, was used to control the Passenger, whether in his seat on the train, trapped under the towering ladder, or as a torture device where his arms hang on the higher steps while his legs are stretched on the lower steps.
Two years on from Saddam's execution, Iraq readies macabre museum of violence and torture The man putting together Iraq's newest museum doesn't like to be alone in his office, where he keeps bloodied nooses, a medieval-looking torture device and boxes of documents chronicling atrocities under Saddam Hussein.