tortuous

[ tawr-choo-uhs ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

Late Middle English; Latin

via Old French from Latin tortuosus, from tortus ‘twisting, a twist’, from Latin torquere ‘to twist’

Synonyms

    1.
  • deceitful
  • crooked
  • misleading
    2.
  • twisting
  • winding
  • curving
  • bending
  • coiling

Antonyms

    1.
  • straightforward
  • uncomplicated
  • untwisted
    2.
  • straight
  • direct

Definition

1. deceitfully indirect or morally crooked, as proceedings, methods, or policy; devious
2. full of twists, turns, or bends; twisting, winding, or crooked

Examples

1. His behavior was incredibly tortuous.
2. The group took a tortuous path to the lookout.

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