tor·​tur·​ous | \ˈtȯrch-rəs, ˈtȯr-chə-\

Definition of torturous 

1a : very unpleasant or painful a torturous day torturous self-doubts

b : causing torture torturous inquisitions

2 : painfully difficult or slow the torturous course of the negotiations

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torturously adverb

Examples of torturous in a Sentence

relatives had to make the torturous decision to disconnect the patient's life-support system the post-infection treatment for rabies was as notoriously torturous as the disease itself

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On Monday, a day after the first four people were guided to freedom along a torturous underwater course, four more team members were rescued. New York Times, "8 Saved, 5 to Go in Thai Cave Rescue," 9 July 2018 Listening to someone whistle throughout the day would be torturous for many. Amy Dickinson,, "Alcoholic friend should abstain from camping," 15 June 2018 His path here was torturous but helped along by Halladay, who died in a November plane crash in Florida. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "A Rookie Treasures Lessons From Roy Halladay," 16 June 2018 This will be music to the ears of his supporters and torturous reading for those who oppose him, but since November 2016 Donald Trump is 1-0 in presidential elections and 2-0 in the United States landing global sports events. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Give Trump credit for USA getting the World Cup," 13 June 2018 One of the best ways to escape Houston's torturous heat is by staying indoors— and getting a little tipsy. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Where to find the best frozen drinks in Houston, according to Yelp," 10 May 2018 And, in a torturous moment of brutal honesty, Santos will be more than happy to be wrong about his prediction of a Brazil win. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "Find out who the 2018 World Cup winner will be — today!," 22 May 2018 Whitaker's trial began on Feb. 1 and brought into a clear and disturbing focus how the seventh-grader, whose mother said still played with baby dolls, spent the torturous final hours of her life. Cory Shaffer,, "Alianna DeFreeze's killer, Christopher Whitaker, sentenced to death," 26 Mar. 2018 This one comes with a beginner’s songbook that could help turn a torturous drive into an impromptu blues set. Sunset, "10 Car Games for Kids That Don’t Involve Screens," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of torturous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of torturous was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of torturous

: causing great pain or suffering

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