American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or causing torture.
- adj. Twisted; strained. See Usage Note at tortuous.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Causing torture; pertaining to or characterized by torture.
- adj. Of or pertaining to torture.
- adj. Painful, excruciating, torturing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare Involving, or pertaining to, torture.
- adj. extremely painful
“Lindh was interrogated under what they call torturous conditions.”
“He lost his father in what he calls a torturous death to emphysema.”
“He referred to the "torturous history of the relationship" between the two and praised Daniel's efforts to bond with his daughter, which he contrasted with Mazoltuv's "interference or overbearing, or for lack of a better word, smothering of this child.”
“In another, far less fun challenge, the players were faced with the dreaded Jacob's Ladders, otherwise known as the torturous gym equipment that requires endless climbing.”
“Ridding the village of these "torturous" bugs earned Will the respect of the villagers but led to new challenges.”
“And running 26 miles is some kind of torturous accomplishment - but they are not athletes.”
“But that kind of torturous workout isn't for everyone.”
“Rather than immediate conservative gratification, the Spellings testing requirements offered the kind of torturous schooling, a pedagogical variety of slow-motion waterboarding, that would eventually break down the will of teachers and public school supporters, thus opening up the market for the tutoring corporations, the charter profiteers, and the non-profit corporate brainwashing outfits like KIPP.”
“I don't want to go through some kind of torturous extreme.”
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