tortuous / torturous

tortuous / torturous
   Tortuous means "winding, crooked, with many twists and turns": Wiley Driver was very adept at driving the tortuous mountain roads of western North Carolina.
   Torturous means "very painful, like torture": Mick Stupp found doing math homework torturous.

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  • tortuous, torturous — Tortuous means winding, crooked. Torturous means full of, or causing, torture (pain). The path of the stream is tortuous. The surgeon began a torturous examination of the patient s neck. Noting that torturous has two r s will help one to… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • tortuous / torturous —    Tortuous means winding, crooked, with many twists and turns : Wiley Driver was very adept at driving the tortuous mountain roads of western North Carolina.    Torturous means very painful, like torture : Mick Stupp found doing math homework… …   Confused words

  • tortuous, torturous —    Tortuous means winding and circuitous ( The road wound tortuously through the mountains ). When used figuratively it usually suggests crookedness or deviousness ( a tortuous tax evasion scheme ). The word is thus better avoided if all you mean …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • tortuous, torturous —    Tortuous means winding and circuitous ( The road wound tortuously through the mountains ). When used figuratively it usually suggests crookedness or deviousness ( a tortuous tax evasion scheme ). The word is thus better avoided if all you mean …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • torturous — tortuous, torturous Both words are derived from Latin torquēre meaning ‘to twist’, but their literal meanings are different. The (less common) word torturous is a derivative of the English word torture, whereas tortuous has no such intermediary… …   Modern English usage

  • tortuous — tortuous, torturous Both words are derived from Latin torquēre meaning ‘to twist’, but their literal meanings are different. The (less common) word torturous is a derivative of the English word torture, whereas tortuous has no such intermediary… …   Modern English usage

  • torturous — See tortuous, torturous …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • tortuous — See tortuous, torturous …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • tortuous —  , torturous  Tortuous means winding and circuitous ( The road wound tortuously through the mountains ). When used figuratively it usually suggests deviousness ( a tortuous tax avoidance scheme ). The word is thus better avoided if all you mean… …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • torturous — tor•tur•ous [[t]ˈtɔr tʃər əs[/t]] adj. use pertaining to, involving, or causing torture or suffering • Etymology: 1490–1500; < AF; OF tortureus. See torture, ous tor′tur•ous•ly, adv. usage: torturous refers specifically to what involves or… …   From formal English to slang

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