Oh I'm quite serious about it. But it's a fuzzy line, and I err on the side of letting things stand. See lee's posts for example
Re-written, it would read: the act of inflicting severe psychological pain as a means of forcing information or a confession, or simply as an act of cruelty.... the act of inflicting severe pain (whether physical or psychological) as a means of punishment, revenge, forcing information or a confession, or simply as an act of cruelty.
I simply read your definition and opined how it applied to many of your posts. I wasn't being impolite.
You're not an easy read.
You poor thing, you. Having your errant ideas about the world challenged must be such a traumatic experience.