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Line breaks: tor¦tur|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈtɔːtʃ(ə)rəs

Definition of torturous in English:


Characterized by, involving, or causing pain or suffering: a torturous five days of fitness training
More example sentences
  • 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.


late 15th century: from Anglo-Norman French, from torture 'torture'.


On the difference between torturous and tortuous, see tortuous (usage).



a torturously hot day
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  • As I'm towed - we're hoping the boat's movement will attract a nearby pod of whales for me to see - the ice-chilled waters of Hudson Bay torturously infiltrate my wetsuit.
  • Rose, a young woman abducted and torturously stashed in earthquake ruins last June, was forced to flee to the countryside after her kidnappers made a second attempt.
  • The charitable institution for poor or orphaned girls of clergyman, run by Mr. Brocklehurst, almost starved it occupants, and was torturously strick.

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