torturous

Definitions

  • The Torture of the Huguenots—552
    The Torture of the Huguenots—552
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj torturous extremely painful
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For hundreds of years, the Chinese zealously guarded the secret of sericulture; imperial law decreed death by torture to those who disclosed how to make silk.
    • a Torturous Involving, or pertaining to, torture. "The torturous crucifixion ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • torturous Causing torture; pertaining to or characterized by torture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Torturous causing torture
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Quotations

  • Luis Bunuel
    Luis%20Bunuel
    “In the name of Hippocrates, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “No ear can hear nor tongue can tell the tortures of the inward hell!”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    Mahatma%20Gandhi
    “You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you torture data long enough, it will tell you anything you want !”
  • Cardinal J. Newman
    Cardinal J. Newman
    “It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.”
  • Matt Groening
    Matt Groening
    “Families are about love overcoming emotional torture.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Late L. tortura, torment—torquēre.

Usage

In literature:

The doubts of her lover's sincerity which the slave had awakened tortured her proud soul.
"Arachne, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Tortured by a presentiment of evil, Eva gazed after him, and also watched for Heinz Schorlin among the people in the street.
"In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Then torturing uneasiness seized her.
"Barbara Blomberg, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Would I have a right to torture it because I made it?
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Volume I" by Robert Green Ingersoll
And yet our God was a torturer of dumb brutes.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
Think how you have innocently tortured me with these two lies for so many years!
"Plays: Comrades; Facing Death; Pariah; Easter" by August Strindberg
But he was still tortured by doubt.
"Lourdes From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Perhaps they're meant to torture each other into atonement.
"The Road to Damascus" by August Strindberg
But he was still tortured by doubt.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Christina exhorts those who would torture her.
"The Dream" by Emile Zola
Find me, you brutes," he cried, turning to his men, "a torture of L4,000.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol. I" by Various
He and they are now subjected to most cruel tortures.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI" by John Lord
In some cases the torture lasted five or six consecutive hours; in others, it rarely exceeded an hour.
"Manners, Custom and Dress During the Middle Ages and During the Renaissance Period" by Paul Lacroix
As a gentleman you should grant them this pleasure and so escape the humiliation of undergoing tortures before this mob.
"Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays" by Various
These were now forced to endure the most excruciating torments and tortures.
"Life of Luther" by Gustav Just
With his absurdly tiny white forepaws, the huge dog sought to dislodge the torture-implement.
"Lad: A Dog" by Albert Payson Terhune
They died under the torture.
"Secret Societies of the Middle Ages" by Thomas Keightley
Why do they torture the words of the great into an acknowledgment of the truth of Christianity?
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 1 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Truly will I torture them with the torture of oil, the mines of infamy, the cold of countenance!
"The Eye of Istar" by William Le Queux
Swarthy, sun-scorched and thirsty, they torture the eye with dusty dun distances and prone dun lines.
"The Wolf Cub" by Patrick Casey
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In poetry:

No more our foolish passions and affections
The tragic Muse with mimic grief shall try,
But, nobler far, a course of vivisections
Teach what it costs a tortured brute to die.
"The Coming Era" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Gray is the sea, and the skies are gray;
They are ghosts of our blue, bright yesterday;
And gray are the breasts of the gulls that scream
Like tortured souls in an evil dream.
"The Old Magic" by Edith Nesbit
Cease Mem'ry thy torturing empire to hold,
Nor shew to my view those dear moments of gold,
Oh ! let me the page of forgetfulness learn,
And Joy and Contentment again may return.
"On Hearing The Sound Of Music At A Distance" by Laura Sophia Temple
Could it be his fathers ever
Loved to linger here?
These bare hills, this conquered river,—
Could they hold them dear,
With their native loveliness
Tamed and tortured into this?
"The Fountain" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Vouchsafe, O Lord! to give me strength and grace,
Vouchsafe to give me fortitude, the while,
That I, with patience, my disease may face,
And, like a martyr, at its tortures smile!
"A Prayer For A Sick Person Before He Takes Physic" by Rees Prichard
I am so weary of the Curse of Living
The endless, aimless torture, tumult, fears.
Surely, if life were any God's free giving,
He, seeing His gift, long since went blind with tears.
"The Garden" by Laurence Hope

In news:

The man said he was tortured, then released in the street but in need of hospital treatment.
Syria tortures dissidents in ' archipelago ' of prisons.
THE TORTURE PAPERS The Road to Abu Ghraib Edited by Karen J Greenberg and Joshua L Dratel.
John Yoo can be held responsible for the alleged torture of detainee Jose Padilla, a judge ruled Friday.
Presidential Commission on Torture Is Critical to America's Security.
PLO , corporations can't be sued under torture law.
One of the FBI's former leading agent's new book argues against torture as a technique.
Desktop Player Interface Rhapsody was once owned by RealNetworks, which tortured innocent music lovers with the bloated, virus-like RealPlayer music player.
Craig Wright's play about isolated prisoners and their torturer proves a thrilling swan song.
Play deals with complex issues of family dynamics and torture in post-9/11 atmosphere.
Report Claims US Tortured Qadhafi 's Opponents on Bush's Watch.
Writer's circuitous and tortured path to literary fame isn't easy to duplicate — or emulate.
A fire under the torture debate.
He inferred that instances of slave murder, torture and rape were common.
Beth Wentzel went through five years of physical and mental torture before having both of her breasts removed and reconstructed .
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In science:

We can imagine dozens of different criminal purposes for which the primitive individuals could be kidnapped, tortured and even killed, including ab ject topics such as ‘high gastronomy’ and sadist games.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
F3 - Torture by in laws for having given birth to only female children.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
The question of where to draw the line tortured us, and we bring our apologies to all the pioneers who “fell through the cracks.” The second part of the book is an attempt to present a historical perspective on the development of the sub ject.
Introduction to "The Supersymmetric World: The Beginnings of The Theory"
Based on Emmanuel’s description, my own prejudice made me expect a weak and tortured figure.
The work of Fred Cohen
Instead, in came a man, anything but weak and tortured, almost running with the aid of his cane, with this huge smile on his face, and a strong confident voice.
The work of Fred Cohen
If, with considerable effort, such a value is elicited, it is about as trustworthy as a confession extracted through torture.
Erich Leo Lehmann---A glimpse into his life and work
The CIA was exposed overthrowing the governments of Guatemala, Iran, and Chile to install torturing kleptocrats friendly to American corporations.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
As rhetoric about human rights flowed liberally, so did torture equipment for the Shah and tanks and planes for Indonesia to slaughter in East Timor.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
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