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

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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

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The last of the Angola 3 has written a memoir about his torturous ordeal. Emily Lane,, "Fox Searchlight planning film based on New Orleans man’s decades in solitary at Angola: report," 6 June 2019 The story has been trapped in the torturous hell that is Waterford Manor for over 20 hours. Nicole Pomarico,, "What Is June's Daughter Being Trained For On The Handmaid's Tale?," 8 June 2019 From that time forward, a torturous and terrible, unnecessary and motion-starved epilogue had begun to stretch relentlessly onward, both in Moscow and throughout Nina’s travels. Sarah Vitali, Harper's magazine, "Kill Your Darlings," 10 May 2019 Some include 90-day underwater locator beacons, of obvious importance given the torturous experience of MH370. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why We Need a New Black Box," 7 May 2019 Much of the legislation is dedicated to subsidizing animal agriculture, a system under which billions of animals live and die in torturous conditions every year. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Dog and cat meat is now, finally, illegal," 18 Dec. 2018 Activists condemn the fur industry as inhumane, contending that the animals are subject to brutal conditions and meet torturous deaths. Fox News, "Los Angeles takes step to become largest U.S. city to ban fur," 18 Sep. 2018 Trying to drink more water every day can seem at best boring and repetitive and at worst well, a little torturous. Sally Tamarkin, SELF, "22 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day," 3 Jan. 2019 Getty Images Listening to another person’s vacation stories is notoriously torturous. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why we hate hearing about other people’s vacations," 18 Oct. 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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