Meaning of TORTUROUS in English

ˈtȯrch(ə)rəs, -ȯ(ə)ch- adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French tortureux, from torture + -eux -ous

1. : causing, marked by, or accompanied by torture : cruelly painful

the torturous , far from finished battle — Time

fell into torturous sleep — C.O.Gorham


[alteration of tortuous ]

: distorted , tortuous , twisting

the dark-strained after rafter, that seasoned crossarm of torturous timber — Ralph Ellison

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