- On the other hand, however, he wouldn't have to continue with that torturous pain anymore.
- We must all act now, before it is too late to stop our horses and ponies suffering long, torturous journeys to their deaths in foreign abattoirs.
- Agonizing, torturous hours were lost as he waited outside of Laura's chambers.
Tortuous and torturous have different core meanings. Tortuous means ‘full of twists and turns’ or ‘devious, circuitous’: both paths were tortuous and strewn with boulders. Torturous is derived from torture and means ‘involving torture or excruciating pain’. Torturous should be reserved for agonized suffering; it is not a fancy word for ‘painful’ or ‘discomforting,’ as in I found the concert torturous because of the music’s volume.
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- We endured frequent and torturously dull mother-daughter chitchats.
- Sadly, I have found not a single short-cut method for this torturously slow process.
- Every weekend millions of us are forced to either go home early or face the prospect of a torturously slow journey on a night bus full of barking loons.
Late 15th century: from Anglo-Norman French, from torture 'torture'.
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