Article »

torturous, tortuous, tortious

This Grammar.com article is about torturous, tortuous, tortious — enjoy your reading!

  Ed Good  —  Grammar Tips

The words torturous and tortuous come from the same Latin root “torquere,” which means “to twist.” But their meanings today are distinct.

Torturous is related to the word torture, which means “to inflict pain.” In rare cases, it also means “twisted.”

Tortuous simply means “winding,” “twisting,” or sometimes “complex.”

Tortious is a legal word and refers to an act that gives ground for a lawsuit based on tort law.

Example: Without power steering, the tortuous road was torturous to drive in the old truck, and the injured bystanders claimed that maintaining the truck in a dilapidated condition constituted a tortious act.

Rate this article:(4.38 / 5 votes)

Have a discussion about this article with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this article to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"torturous, tortuous, tortious." Grammar.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 22 Feb. 2018. <https://www.grammar.com/torturous-tortuous-tortious>.

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Check your text and writing for style, spelling and grammar problems everywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Check your text and writing for style, spelling and grammar problems everywhere on the web!

Free Writing Tool:

Instant
Grammar Checker

Improve your grammar, vocabulary, and writing -- and it's FREE!


Improve your writing now:

Download Grammar eBooks

It’s now more important than ever to develop a powerful writing style. After all, most communication takes place in reports, emails, and instant messages.