Definition of torturous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɔːtʃ(ə)rəs/


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


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



a torturously hot day
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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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