Tortuous or Torturous?
Tortuous or Torturous?What is the difference between "tortuous" and "torturous"?
- "Tortuous" means "with many twists and turns," like a country road or the plot of a book. For example:
- It was difficult to drive on the tortuous road.
- "Torturous" means "involving or causing torture, pain, or suffering." For example:
- The 14-hour flight to Sydney was torturous.
TortuousThe adjective "tortuous" describes something with repeated twists or turns.
Example sentences with "tortuous":
- In cities like Athens, poor houses lined narrow and tortuous streets in spite of luxurious public buildings. (Bishop and politician Stephen Gardiner)
- The path to the referendum promises to be tortuous. (New York Times)
TorturousThe adjective "torturous" describes something that involves suffering or pain.
Example sentences with "torturous":
- Jealousy would be far less torturous if we understood that love is a passion entirely unrelated to our merits. (Poet Paul Eldridge)
- Life's experiences, whether they be torturous or excruciatingly wonderful, season you somehow and you learn from them. (Actor Mel Gibson)