Less love for the NY Times' application thereof.
As for instance here.
Cutting off a detainee’s fingers and burning him with acid -- that's not torture; that is merely, sez the Times, 'abuse' -- a physical maltreatment. (Step up from an oopsie, shall we assume?)
Enter Rob Beschizza, with his awesome and insightful NYT torture euphemism generator.
I hope the LTI-inspired folks at the NYT (and in our government) click and click this app until they finally realize what they are doing.
And hang their head in shame.
Merriam-Webster's definition of torture:
1 a : anguish of body or mind : agony
b : something that causes agony or pain
2 : the infliction of intense pain (as from burning, crushing, or wounding) to punish, coerce, or afford sadistic pleasure
3 : distortion or overrefinement of a meaning or an argument : straining
(Under definition 3, of course, the NYT is clearly torturing the very definition of torture.)