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Definition of Tortuous


  1. Bent in different directions; wreathed; twisted; winding; as, a tortuous train; a tortuous train; a tortuous leaf or corolla.
  2. Fig.: Deviating from rectitude; indirect; erroneous; deceitful.
  3. Injurious: tortious.
  4. Oblique; -- applied to the six signs of the zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) which ascend most rapidly and obliquely.

Tortuous Quotations

So the people will pay the penalty for their kings' presumption, who, by devising evil, turn justice from her path with tortuous speech.

I try to make everything I write a little bit different. Those songs that go, 'I love you so much and you love me,' they're boring. If I'm going to write a love song, it's going to be a little bit tortuous.
Jane Wiedlin

You need the past as a guideline. The history of music is a good basis, but to escape that stuff, that tortuous rulebook, you have to learn it first. It's kind of like religion - once you've written the Bible, that's it, move on.
John Lydon

In cities like Athens, poor houses lined narrow and tortuous streets in spite of luxurious public buildings.
Stephen Gardiner

Any time I have to get on a plane and leave my kids for a few days, it's kind of tortuous.
Sheena Easton
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Tortuous Translations

tortuous in Swedish is slingrande
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