Sleep deprivation for days, being kept in isolation for weeks, regular simulated executions - so-called ,,white torture". Is this term correct in English or maybe there is a a better term to use to describe those methods?

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    Psychological torture? Sep 7, 2023 at 20:48
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    I gave your question a more appropriate tag. However, note that you should "demonstrate why you expect the word to exist in English". (Of course, feel free to use "phrase-request" or another tag if that's what you want.) Sep 7, 2023 at 21:20
  • Have you looked up "white torture" in an English dictionary or even via an online search engine?
    – Joachim
    Sep 7, 2023 at 23:23
  • And here I was thinking this was gonna be a racial thing :p
    – paddotk
    Sep 8, 2023 at 11:46

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Amnesty International define 'torture' this way:

Torture is when somebody in an official capacity inflicts severe mental or physical pain or suffering on somebody else for a specific purpose. (bold added)

While there might be other classifications, methods of torture can seemingly be classified as either mental torture or physical torture.

Most of what you describe sounds like it would fall under 'mental' torture, although perhaps there is a fine line when it comes to "simulated" experiences like you mention, as there may be some degree of physical interference with the subject. So-called 'waterboarding', for example, is meant to simulate the feeling of drowning, which must be terrifying mental torture - but it is done through physical means which have proven dangerous to the point of causing death.

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