Definition of torturous in English:

torturous

adjective

  • Characterized by, involving, or causing pain or suffering.

    ‘a torturous five days of fitness training’
    • ‘On the other hand, however, he wouldn't have to continue with that torturous pain anymore.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Agonizing, torturous hours were lost as he waited outside of Laura's chambers.’
    • ‘Neither sounded very pleasant, for he knew both would be excruciatingly long and torturous.’
    • ‘After a period of intense interrogation under torturous conditions, he is sent to a POW camp.’
    • ‘Before that, is a torturous trek down the three-kilometre stretch before you reach the saner parts of Bangalore.’
    • ‘My understanding of Roman history is that they were incredibly gory and torturous in their punishment.’
    • ‘Endure that torturous progression fifty times, and you've made it one year.’
    • ‘These torturous cruelties happen every day and night, also just like I said.’
    • ‘Seeing Adam is only slightly less torturous than getting my teeth cleaned.’
    • ‘College life is supposedly the best period in one's life, but ragging can make it the most torturous phase one would go through.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The last quarter of an hour of the game was torturous.’
    • ‘Trying to write articles is a torturous process for me.’
    • ‘Another incredibly busy day at work made torturous by the fact that my Launchcast just stopped working.’
    • ‘Yes, the wait was more torturous than a negative outcome, so I believe.’
    • ‘He is a farmer who marries a rich woman from the city and finds life in Athens with her and his delinquent son torturous.’
    • ‘First, the process of creating fur is an ugly, brutal and arguably torturous business.’
    • ‘Anyway, we drew a little face on the asthma puffer mask and turned the whole torturous experience into a counting game.’
    • ‘I was convinced that I had participated in his torturous murder but continued to pull harder as ordered.’
    stabbing, shooting, penetrating, piercing, sharp, keen, racking, searing, burning, consuming

Usage

On the difference between torturous and tortuous, see
tortuous

Origin

Late 15th century from Anglo-Norman French, from torture ‘torture’.

Pronunciation

torturous

/ˈtɔːtʃ(ə)rəs/