Torn - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |tɔːrn|  American pronunciation of the word torn
Brit.  |ˈtɔːn|  British pronunciation of the word torn
- this word is a past participle form of the irregular verbto tear


- having edges that are jagged from injury (syn: lacerate, lacerated, mangled)
- disrupted by the pull of contrary forces

torn between love and hate
torn by conflicting loyalties
torn by religious dissensions


The handles on the bag were torn.

The town's old movie palace has been torn down.

The dust jacket was torn.

...the neighborhood is being torn apart by an endless cycle of gang violence and retribution...

The criminal put the torn papers in the lavatory and tried to flush them away.

The other territories of the kingdom were hackled and torn to pieces.

This sheet had been torn off a blotting pad.

That dog has torn up my newspaper again.

The telephone wires have been torn out, so we can't call the police.

He was torn with doubts.

For years the region has been torn apart by armed conflicts.

Someone had torn several pages out of her diary.

The play portrays a good marriage torn apart by external forces.

Within a year, other researchers had torn the theory to shreds.

Statues of Lenin were torn down all across Eastern Europe.

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