tortuous vs torturous

tortuous torturous


  • 1) astrology oblique; applied to the six signs of the zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) that ascend most rapidly and obliquely
  • 2) obsolete injurious; tortious
  • 3) Twisted; having many turns; convoluted.
  • 4) Highly involved; complex.
  • 5) Having or marked by repeated turns or bends; winding or twisting.
  • 6) Not straightforward; circuitous; devious.
  • 7) Fig.: Deviating from rectitude; indirect; erroneous; deceitful.
  • 8) Bent in different directions; wreathed; twisted; winding.
  • 9) obsolete Injurious: tortious.
  • 10) (Astrol.), obsolete Oblique; -- applied to the six signs of the zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) which ascend most rapidly and obliquely.
  • 11) highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
  • 12) not straightforward


  • 1) Of or pertaining to torture.
  • 2) Painful, excruciating, torturing.
  • 3) Twisted; strained.
  • 4) Of, relating to, or causing torture.
  • 5) rare Involving, or pertaining to, torture.
  • 6) extremely painful


  • 1) The historic agreement was announced after months of tortuous negotiations.
  • 2) History ensured that the pipeline would follow a tortuous route.
  • 3) The road towards qualification still seems like it is going to be another long and tortuous one.
  • 4) And then it was back on the plane for the tortuous journey home.
  • 5) Courts are turning to increasingly tortuous routes to protect identities.
  • 6) It is a long and tortuous journey.
  • 7) It may have been a tortuous road but he is now a fully fledged and rather charming adult.
  • 8) The planning process has been tortuous.
  • 9) The exchange has been the subject of tortuous negotiations by a German intermediary for two years.
  • 10) Consumers mustn't suffer this tortuous court process again.
  • 11) And second, that the process is long and tortuous and filled with uncertainty.
  • 12) At that point in his long, mostly tortuous career you could say he had reached base camp.
  • 13) A full economic recovery will take a slow and tortuous process.
  • 14) For the first time in a long and tortuous interview, this shy and deeply troubled man almost manages a smile.
  • 15) His argument was rather tortuous.
  • 16) We took a tortuous route.
  • 17) Greece would essentially have to shut down for an entire weekend as banks begin the tortuous process of switching currencies from the euro to the drachma.
  • 18) He made a tortuous journey from the prison to the SOE.
  • 19) It collapsed into administration in 1992, setting the scene for tortuous negotiations with bank lenders.
  • 20) But tortuous negotiations in London and Geneva did not this time end entirely without result.
  • 21) After a week of tortuous negotiations, the rival continental brewers yesterday sealed a recommended 7.8 billion takeover.
  • 22) Undeterred they worked out a fairly tortuous coach route to get them to Lingfield in time for the first at 1.30.
  • 23) ‘Varicose veins are tortuous, twisted, or lengthened veins.’
  • 24) ‘The Ryder Cup trail has often been tortuous, twisting and downright tedious, but the rewards to the Scottish economy are expected to be enormous.’
  • 25) ‘Eventually, after a particularly tortuous twist, the path opened out and they came to the Cave of the Prophet.’
  • 26) ‘But that proved only the beginning of a long and tortuous road full of false starts and broken promises.’
  • 27) ‘An aneurysm expands laterally with systole while a tortuous aorta does not.’
  • 28) ‘A barium enema showed a narrowed, tortuous sigmoid colon with multiple diverticuli and thickening of the bowel wall.’
  • 29) ‘The common carotid artery sometimes follows a very tortuous course, forming one or more distinct loops in the neck.’
  • 30) ‘Long, heavily calcified stenoses in tortuous vessels or at bifurcations and chronic total occlusions are less suitable.’
  • 31) ‘Babies born at 25 weeks and less are at high risk of death, a long, tortuous journey through life, and disability.’
  • 32) ‘The campaign is a long, sometimes tortuous period of time and these qualities help everyone not just survive, but thrive.’
  • 33) ‘The splenic vein is not invested in a common sheath with the artery - it is retropancreatic and never tortuous.’
  • 34) ‘Neither fascicles of smooth muscle cells nor thick-walled tortuous blood vessels were present.’
  • 35) ‘The nanofiller also creates a tortuous path for the penetration of gaseous vapors and liquids into the polymer.’
  • 36) ‘These veins are tortuous and bulky, making it virtually impossible to identify the spinal arteries.’
  • 37) ‘The vessels appear enlarged and tortuous, especially the venous capillaries.’
  • 38) ‘It allows us to insert tortuous vessels where flexibility is very important.’
  • 39) ‘Several tortuous hypertrophic nerve bundles were also embedded in the fibrous tissue.’
  • 40) ‘They all appear enlarged and have a tortuous course, especially the capillary veins.’
  • 41) ‘It is perhaps all the more dangerous, more labyrinthine, and more tortuous for this reason.’
  • 42) ‘He was as tortuous and convoluted as a monkey puzzle tree.’
  • 43) ‘Instead of destroying their sculptures, managers have to hand their work over to a different group to complete - a tortuous experience.’
  • 44) ‘But where does the inquiry go from here after the tortuous and lengthy taking of the evidence?’
  • 45) ‘The classification of tropical karst is highly complex, with a tortuous terminology derived from several languages.’
  • 46) ‘So it's a very complicated, very complex and tortuous process that we're going through legally here.’
  • 47) ‘Instead, Brown has treated us to a tortuous, Jesuitical argument so self-contradictory it merits its own reprimand.’
  • 48) ‘They thus engage in a tortuous argument to show that it really wasn't about what the protesters said it was.’
  • 49) ‘The second Presidential Address is similar, though to a modern eye the arguments are even more tortuous.’
  • 50) ‘The plot complications are tortuous, their resolutions unsatisfying and the characters thin.’
  • 51) ‘The route to publication was long and occasionally tortuous, with considerable argument with editors and peer reviewers.’
  • 52) ‘In fact, the argument here is not so tortuous as many to be found amongst the post-modernists.’
  • 53) ‘We have been following a sometimes tortuous path through a maze of arguments and definitions.’
  • 54) ‘Your writings over the past few years have been enormously important as a source of orientation through the tortuous twists and turns of imperialist strategy.’
  • 55) ‘Yes, I know that it's still hard to know what exactly Bertie says or what he means or what the sum of his winding sentences and tortuous paragraphs amount to.’
  • 56) ‘Paine was careful to contrast the tortuous twists of theology with the pure clarity of deism.’
  • 57) ‘We had countless tortuous internal meetings to prioritize and slog through the full set of 500 items.’
  • 58) ‘I think long sentences, tortuous sentences, sentences which are unnecessarily full of abstractions.’
  • 59) ‘The latest meander in this tortuous saga was the concern raised that when the road is finally in place that people would have to pay a toll to use it.’
  • 60) ‘Its rulers could not have been that lethargic, or its diplomacy so tortuous, for it to have survived for such a long period.’
  • 61) ‘His style, too, is often tortuous and gnomic, and it can be almost impossible to see what he actually means, as the endless discussions of his analysis of the causes of the war show.’
  • 62) ‘Then, after tortuous negotiations, the sale fell through.’


  • 1) ‘On the other hand, however, he wouldn't have to continue with that torturous pain anymore.’
  • 2) ‘We must all act now, before it is too late to stop our horses and ponies suffering long, torturous journeys to their deaths in foreign abattoirs.’
  • 3) ‘Agonizing, torturous hours were lost as he waited outside of Laura's chambers.’
  • 4) ‘Neither sounded very pleasant, for he knew both would be excruciatingly long and torturous.’
  • 5) ‘After a period of intense interrogation under torturous conditions, he is sent to a POW camp.’
  • 6) ‘Before that, is a torturous trek down the three-kilometre stretch before you reach the saner parts of Bangalore.’
  • 7) ‘My understanding of Roman history is that they were incredibly gory and torturous in their punishment.’
  • 8) ‘Endure that torturous progression fifty times, and you've made it one year.’
  • 9) ‘These torturous cruelties happen every day and night, also just like I said.’
  • 10) ‘Seeing Adam is only slightly less torturous than getting my teeth cleaned.’
  • 11) ‘College life is supposedly the best period in one's life, but ragging can make it the most torturous phase one would go through.’
  • 12) ‘It was a bid to create a fuzzy feeling about the pairing, attempting to make it look like theirs hasn't just been a torturous marriage of convenience.’
  • 13) ‘The last quarter of an hour of the game was torturous.’
  • 14) ‘Trying to write articles is a torturous process for me.’
  • 15) ‘Another incredibly busy day at work made torturous by the fact that my Launchcast just stopped working.’
  • 16) ‘Yes, the wait was more torturous than a negative outcome, so I believe.’
  • 17) ‘He is a farmer who marries a rich woman from the city and finds life in Athens with her and his delinquent son torturous.’
  • 18) ‘First, the process of creating fur is an ugly, brutal and arguably torturous business.’
  • 19) ‘Anyway, we drew a little face on the asthma puffer mask and turned the whole torturous experience into a counting game.’
  • 20) ‘I was convinced that I had participated in his torturous murder but continued to pull harder as ordered.’

Use Linguix everywhere you write

Be productive and efficient, no matter where and what you write!

Linguix Apps

Get audience-specific corrections, access statistics, and view readability scores.

Browser Extensions

Get your writing checked on millions of websites, including Gmail, Facebook, and Google Docs.

Linguix Keyboard

Make your content read and look better on mobile.

MS Office add-ins

Download Linguix for Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook to check grammar, punctuation, and style instantly right in your documents.

This website uses cookies to make Linguix work for you. By using this site, you agree to our cookie policy