from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or causing torture.
  • adj. Twisted; strained. See Usage Note at tortuous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to torture.
  • adj. Painful, excruciating, torturing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Involving, or pertaining to, torture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing torture; pertaining to or characterized by torture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely painful


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  • Lindh was interrogated under what they call torturous conditions.

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  • He lost his father in what he calls a torturous death to emphysema.

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  • 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."

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  • "If you're me and you want to survive," Evertz says, recalling his torturous years in government, "the policy that you articulate is the opinion of the religious right."


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  • And running 26 miles is some kind of torturous accomplishment - but they are not athletes.

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  • 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.

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  • I don't want to go through some kind of torturous extreme.

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