adjective \ˈtrch-rəs, ˈtr-chə-\

: causing great pain or suffering

Full Definition of TORTUROUS

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

First Known Use of TORTUROUS

15th century


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