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pertains to suffering: We toil in the torturous heat.
Not to be confused with:
tortuous – circuitous; devious; full of twists, turns, or bends: a tortuous road up the mountain
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1. Of, relating to, or causing torture.
2. Twisted; strained. See Usage Note at tortuous.
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tor•tur•ous(ˈtɔr tʃər əs)
pertaining to, involving, or causing torture or suffering.
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.
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|Adj.||1.||torturous - extremely painful |
painful - causing physical or psychological pain; "worked with painful slowness"
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adjective see tortuous
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