tor·​tur·​ous | \ ˈtȯrch-rəs How to pronounce torturous (audio) , 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

Other Words from torturous

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
Recent Examples on the Web For non-Muslims, the idea of a fasting for a month while working around food might seem torturous. Sarah Parvinistaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 The results—most of the strangers acquiesced—were less shocking than the process: the students found the asking to be torturous. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2022 Appropriately, John was the one who came up with the album's now-iconic name, inserting a little levity into the sublimely torturous experience. Lanford Beard,, 2 Apr. 2022 Yet many job seekers say the self-promoting exercise is too torturous and time-consuming to be worth the effort for a less-than-dream role. Lindsay Ellis, WSJ, 26 Mar. 2022 By Rodgers’ own acknowledgement, this offseason’s decision will not drag out in torturous fashion. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2022 How can the same publication at once have promoted the essentialness of appetite to good health and offered torturous tips for losing 10 percent of one’s body weight? Tamar Adler, Vogue, 24 Feb. 2022 Neither the Lakers nor Dodgers were part of the Rams’ torturous six-year climb to the top. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2022 Through torturous laziness, Dyer forges a reckoning with Lawrence that seems destined to outlast the productions of many industrious scholars. Charlie Tyson, The Atlantic, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of torturous

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

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“Torturous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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