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Definition of Tortuous

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

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

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

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

I think to have done 'Titanic' would have been a tortuous experience altogether. I feel good about where my life is, now. I feel free and joyous and happy and more liberated than I have ever been.
Fay Wray
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Tortuous Translations

tortuous in Swedish is slingrande

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