Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

torturous

play
adjective tor·tur·ous \ˈtȯrch-rəs, ˈtȯr-chə-\

Simple Definition of torturous

  • : causing great pain or suffering

Full Definition of torturous

  1. 1a :  causing torture <torturous inquisitions>b :  very unpleasant or painful <a torturous day> <torturous self-doubts>

  2. 2 :  painfully difficult or slow <the torturous course of the negotiations>

tor·tur·ous·ly adverb

Examples of torturous

  1. <relatives had to make the torturous decision to disconnect the patient's life-support system>

  2. <the post-infection treatment for rabies was as notoriously torturous as the disease itself>



15th Century

First Known Use of torturous

15th century



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up torturous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet spindrift pince-nez kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ