torturous

[ tawr-cher-uhs ]
/ ˈtɔr tʃər əs /

adjective

pertaining to, involving, or causing torture or suffering.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON THESE WORDS FROM BROWN GIRL DREAMING!

Visualize yourself passing this quiz on words from Jacqueline Woodson’s exquisite verse novel “Brown Girl Dreaming,” and then take the quiz to prove you can do it! (Because you can.)
Question 1 of 10
What does “barren” mean?

Origin of torturous

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

words often confused with torturous

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM torturous

tor·tur·ous·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH torturous

tortuous, torturous (see usage note at the current entry).
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for torturous