torcher, torture

The words torcher, torture sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do torcher, torture sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: torcher, torture are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    One who torches something

  2. :: noun

    One who gives light with a torch, or as if with a torch.

  3. :: noun

    A torch song

  1. :: noun

    Infliction of severe physical pain as a means of punishment or coercion.

  2. :: noun

    An instrument or a method for inflicting such pain.

  3. :: noun

    Excruciating physical or mental pain; agony: the torture of waiting in suspense.

  4. :: noun

    Something causing severe pain or anguish.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").