Synonyms: twisting, serpentine, convoluted
Tortuous Sentence: A man from the city can feel giddy while travelling along the tortuous road to this hill station.
Under The Lens: Tortuous and Torturous
Both these words come from the Latin word torquere which means – to twist. If you are a science student then you will easily relate this Latin root to torque. Anyways, tortuous means twisting. Ex – a tortuous path, a tortuous maze etc. It is extended to mean complicated. Ex – a tortuous puzzle, a tortuous question etc.
Torturous, on the other hand, means pertaining to, involving or causing torture or suffering. Ex – Walking on the roads of Delhi in the summer season is torturous. You can relate it to its root as twisting your body parts can be used to torture you.
To not get confused between the words, remember that both torturous and torture have two r’s, unlike tortuous.
Something comes to my mind which is both tortuous and torturous getting your work done in government offices.