torturous

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

Definition of torturous

1 a :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

torturously

adverb

Examples of torturous in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of torturous

15th century


TORTUROUS Defined for English Language Learners

torturous

adjective

Definition of torturous for English Language Learners

  • : causing great pain or suffering



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