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From torture +‎ -some.


torturesome (comparative more torturesome, superlative most torturesome)

  1. Characterised or marked by torture; torturous
    • 2000, Steven Siebert, Cleopatra's Needle:
      I was able to make a grab at the center rope with my toes. After a torturesome struggle, I pulled myself upright again. I hung there for a few seconds, then turned to see my Braves shouting encouragement and sending up birdlike wails.
    • 2012, Douglas Graham, The 80/10/10 Diet:
      Instead of being a palate-tingling delight, these complex-carbohydrate foods in their natural state are a torturesome affair.