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1. Of, relating to, or causing torture.
2. Twisted; strained. See Usage Note at tortuous.

tor′tur·ous·ly adv.


(ˈtɔr tʃər əs)

pertaining to, involving, or causing torture or suffering.
[1490–1500; < Anglo-French; Old French tortureus. See torture, -ous]
tor′tur•ous•ly, adv.
usage: torturous refers specifically to what involves or causes pain or suffering: prisoners working in the torturous heat; torturous memories of past injustice. Some speakers and writers use torturous for tortuous, esp. in the senses “twisting, winding” and “convoluted”: a torturous road; torturous descriptions. There can often be semantic overlap between these words, since, for example, a tortuous (winding) road may be considered torturous (painful) to navigate. Nonetheless, they are usually considered different words whose meanings should be kept distinct: a tortuous (twisting) road; tortuous (convoluted) descriptions; torturous (painful) treatments.
tortuous, torturous - Tortuous is "winding, crooked, full of twists and turns," and torturous, based on "torture," is "painful, characterized by suffering."
See also related terms for torture.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.torturous - extremely painfultorturous - extremely painful      
painful - causing physical or psychological pain; "worked with painful slowness"


adjective see tortuous


Extraordinarily painful or distressing:
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