torturous vs tortuous : Common Errors in English

About torturous vs tortuous

A path with a confusing proliferation of turns is tortuous (from a French root meaning “twisted”). But “torturous” (meaning painful or unpleasant, like torture) is very frequently confused with it. So often has “tortuous logic” (tangled, twisted logic) been misspelled as “torturous logic” that it has given rise to a now independent form with its own meaning, “tortured logic.” Few people object to the latter; but if you want to describe your slow progress along a twisting path, the word you want is “tortuous.”

torturous Meaning(s)

  • (s) extremely painful

tortuous Meaning(s)

  • (s) marked by repeated turns and bends
  • (s) highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
  • (s) not straightforward

torturous in News

  1. Sooners fall short of College World Series

    Oklahoma’s season ended in a torturous manner Saturday night. LSU just kept piling on runs and a crowd of over 11,000 at Alex Box Stadium reveled in every one of them.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Tahlequah Daily Press

  2. Sooners’ season ends in devastating 11-1 loss to LSU

    BATON ROUGE, La. — Oklahoma’s season ended in a torturous manner Saturday night. LSU just kept piling on runs and a crowd of more than 11,000 at Alex Box Stadium reveled in every one of them.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: The Norman Transcript

  3. Vacation in Paris with a preschooler? Here's how to do it

    Paris with a preschooler? It felt like an indulgent (and potentially torturous) travel fantasy — not the stuff of summer vacations for working parents living on a budget. Find out how it turned out.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Indian River Press Journal

tortuous in News

  1. Coyotes decision expected within two weeks

    The long, tortuous ownership saga of the Phoenix Coyotes is entering its final phase.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ESPN

  2. Big issues decided by small groups of legislators as the NH lawmaking session winds up

    CONCORD – Several grand bargains between House Democratic and Senate Republican leaders are needed before this 2013 session can come to a close. We’re used to the tortuous process that is legislating in New Hampshire, where every lawmaker without pedigree gets a clean shot at passing, killing or changing at bill to beyond recognition. Now we are heading into that uncomfortable period when it’s ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: The Nashua Telegraph

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