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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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I quote this passage not only for the unease it betrays about the relationship of knowledge and politics (the latter euphemistically and torturously displaced by "situational commissions" and "social circumstances"), but also because it exhibits a symptomatic shift from nauka proper to something called ustanovka na ob "ektivnost'.
A broken family serves as a metaphor for a damaged society in potent drama "Children of Sarajevo," the ambitious second feature from Bosnian helmer-writer Aida Begic, whose underlying theme here is the country's lost moral compass as it remains trapped in a torturously slow transition from a state of war.
When a mother laments that her daughter is yet to be interred at her hometown abroad because the UK coroner would not release her body until the Indian investigation is over, one can well gauge how very torturously the wheels of justice turn in this part of the country.
Instead, Marable torturously sets forth a Procrustean "reinvention" of "Rudy," one of Malcolm's associates that we meet in Haley's Autobiography.
If, as another critic of Duras suggests, the "esthetic relationship is a variant of love" (Ladimer 2009, 115), then it could be said that Duras' torturously evasive prose contains the kind of violence that is inflicted by lovers on each other in order to sustain the intensity of desire.
The upshot of the argument--nearly each step of which unfolded amidst torturously complex interpretive disputes--received further support from consideration of how the Hebrews treated the Gentiles living among them.
Or does the new administration think the old, torturously slow procedure is preferable by which it may take seven long years for a decision to be made?
(87) The Royal Commission had left a legacy of torturously extended, investigative and performance management processes--for DoCS, Health workers, Teachers and NSW Police.
This can seem to be a daunting task, especially since the current act (like many of its predecessors) is lengthy and torturously complex.
The litigation and political struggle surrounding the building of the dam is torturously complex.
It is undisputed that if the risk presented by the three-drug protocol materializes, the inmate will suffer a torturously excruciating death, the type explicitly outlawed by the Eighth Amendment.