Tortuous meaning

tôrcho͝o-əs
The definition of tortuous refers to something very complex and difficult to follow, or something full of twists and turns.

An example of tortuous is an argument that is complex and challenging to follow.

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Having or marked by repeated turns or bends; winding or twisting.

A tortuous road through the mountains.

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Not straightforward; circuitous; devious.

A tortuous plot; tortuous reasoning.

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Highly involved; complex.

Tortuous legal procedures.

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Full of twists, turns, curves, or windings; winding; crooked.
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Not straightforward; devious; specif., deceitful or tricky.
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Twisted; having many turns; convoluted.
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(astrology) Oblique; applied to the six signs of the zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) that ascend most rapidly and obliquely.
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Origin of tortuous

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman from Latin tortuōsus from tortus a twisting from past participle of torquēre to twist terkw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin tortuosus, from tortus (“a twisting, winding").

    From Wiktionary