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Word of the Day 6/7/14 Tortuous

Tortuous (adjective)
tor·tu·ous [tawr-choo-uhs]


adjective
1. full of twists, turns, or bends; twisting, winding, or crooked: a tortuous path.
2. not direct or straightforward, as in procedure or speech; intricate; circuitous: tortuous negotiations lasting for months.
3. deceitfully indirect or morally crooked, as proceedings, methods, or policy; devious.

Can be confused: torturous (see usage note at torturous).

Usage note
See torturous.

Synonyms
1. bent, sinuous, serpentine.
2. evasive, roundabout, indirect.

Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English < Latin tortuōsus , equivalent to tortu ( s ) a twisting ( tor ( quēre ) to twist, bend + -tus suffix of v. action) + -ōsus -ous

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