Definition of torturous in English:

torturous

adjective

  • Characterized by, involving, or causing pain or suffering.

    ‘a torturous five days of fitness training’
    • ‘We must all act now, before it is too late to stop our horses and ponies suffering long, torturous journeys to their deaths in foreign abattoirs.’
    • ‘The last quarter of an hour of the game was torturous.’
    • ‘Neither sounded very pleasant, for he knew both would be excruciatingly long and torturous.’
    • ‘Another incredibly busy day at work made torturous by the fact that my Launchcast just stopped working.’
    • ‘He is a farmer who marries a rich woman from the city and finds life in Athens with her and his delinquent son torturous.’
    • ‘College life is supposedly the best period in one's life, but ragging can make it the most torturous phase one would go through.’
    • ‘I was convinced that I had participated in his torturous murder but continued to pull harder as ordered.’
    • ‘On the other hand, however, he wouldn't have to continue with that torturous pain anymore.’
    • ‘Endure that torturous progression fifty times, and you've made it one year.’
    • ‘After a period of intense interrogation under torturous conditions, he is sent to a POW camp.’
    • ‘My understanding of Roman history is that they were incredibly gory and torturous in their punishment.’
    • ‘Trying to write articles is a torturous process for me.’
    • ‘Yes, the wait was more torturous than a negative outcome, so I believe.’
    • ‘First, the process of creating fur is an ugly, brutal and arguably torturous business.’
    • ‘These torturous cruelties happen every day and night, also just like I said.’
    • ‘Seeing Adam is only slightly less torturous than getting my teeth cleaned.’
    • ‘Before that, is a torturous trek down the three-kilometre stretch before you reach the saner parts of Bangalore.’
    • ‘It was a bid to create a fuzzy feeling about the pairing, attempting to make it look like theirs hasn't just been a torturous marriage of convenience.’
    • ‘Agonizing, torturous hours were lost as he waited outside of Laura's chambers.’
    • ‘Anyway, we drew a little face on the asthma puffer mask and turned the whole torturous experience into a counting game.’
    stabbing, shooting, penetrating, piercing, sharp, keen, racking, searing, burning, consuming
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Usage

On the difference between torturous and tortuous, see tortuous

Origin

Late 15th century: from Anglo-Norman French, from torture ‘torture’.

Pronunciation

torturous

/ˈtɔːtʃ(ə)rəs/