torturous

torturous

[tawr-cher-uhs]
adjective
pertaining to, involving, or causing torture or suffering.

Origin:
1490–1500; < Anglo-French; Old French tortureus. See torture, -ous

torturously, adverb

tortuous, torturous (see usage note at the current entry).


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, especially in the senses “twisting, winding” and “convoluted”: a torturous road; torturous descriptions. Others, however, keep the two adjectives (and their corresponding adverbs) separate in all senses: a tortuous (twisting) road; tortuous (convoluted) descriptions; torturous (painful) treatments.
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torture (ˈtɔːtʃə)
 
vb
1.  to cause extreme physical pain to, esp in order to extract information, break resistance, etc: to torture prisoners
2.  to give mental anguish to
3.  to twist into a grotesque form
 
n
4.  physical or mental anguish
5.  the practice of torturing a person
6.  a cause of mental agony or worry
 
[C16: from Late Latin tortūra a twisting, from torquēre to twist]
 
usage  The adjective torturous is sometimes confused with tortuous. One speaks of a torturous experience, i.e. one that involves pain or suffering, but of a tortuous road, i.e. one that winds or twists
 
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'torturedly
 
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'torturous
 
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'torturingly
 
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'torturously
 
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