Synonyms of tortuous
1 windingDictionary • a tortuous mountain route
winding • a long and winding road
meandering • We crossed a meandering stream.
bent • The trees were all bent and twisted from the wind.
curved • the curved lines of the chairs
crooked • men gathered in the bars of the crooked streets
indirect • The goods went by a rather indirect route.
serpentine • serpentine woodland pathways
sinuous • I drove along sinuous mountain roads.
circuitous • They were taken on a circuitous route home.
mazy • We ran through mazy backyards towards the hill.
2 complicatedDictionary • long and tortuous negotiations
complicated • The situation in Lebanon is very complicated.
involved • The operation can be quite involved, requiring special procedures.
misleading • The article contains several misleading statements.
tricky • They could encounter some tricky political manoeuvring.
roundabout • a roundabout route
deceptive • Appearances can be deceptive.
devious • He followed a devious route.
usage note:The adjective tortuous is sometimes confused with torturous. A tortuous road is one that winds or twists, while a torturous experience is one that involves pain, suffering, or discomfort.
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bentIf an object is bent, it is damaged and no longer has its correct shape.
• The trees were all bent and twisted from the wind.
out of shape
out of shape
• They were taken on a circuitous route home.
complicatedIf you say that something is complicated, you mean it has so many parts or aspects that it is difficult to understand or deal with.
• The situation in Lebanon is very complicated.
Thesaurus for tortuous from the Collins English Thesaurus