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Characterized by, involving, or causing excruciating pain or suffering.‘a torturous eight weeks in their prison camp’
stabbing, shooting, penetrating, piercing, sharp, keen, racking, searing, burning, consumingView synonyms
- ‘Yes, the wait was more torturous than a negative outcome, so I believe.’
- ‘He is a farmer who marries a rich woman from the city and finds life in Athens with her and his delinquent son torturous.’
- ‘First, the process of creating fur is an ugly, brutal and arguably torturous business.’
- ‘The last quarter of an hour of the game was torturous.’
- ‘I was convinced that I had participated in his torturous murder but continued to pull harder as ordered.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On the other hand, however, he wouldn't have to continue with that torturous pain anymore.’
- ‘Trying to write articles is a torturous process for me.’
- ‘Endure that torturous progression fifty times, and you've made it one year.’
- ‘These torturous cruelties happen every day and night, also just like I said.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Seeing Adam is only slightly less torturous than getting my teeth cleaned.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘College life is supposedly the best period in one's life, but ragging can make it the most torturous phase one would go through.’
- ‘Agonizing, torturous hours were lost as he waited outside of Laura's chambers.’
- ‘Before that, is a torturous trek down the three-kilometre stretch before you reach the saner parts of Bangalore.’
- ‘Anyway, we drew a little face on the asthma puffer mask and turned the whole torturous experience into a counting game.’
Tortuous and torturous have different core meanings. Tortuous means ‘full of twists and turns’ or ‘devious, circuitous’: both paths were tortuous and strewn with boulders. Torturous is derived from torture and means ‘involving torture or excruciating pain’. Torturous should be reserved for agonized suffering; it is not a fancy word for ‘painful’ or ‘discomforting,’ as in I found the concert torturous because of the music's volume
Late 15th century: from Anglo-Norman French, from torture torture.
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