Tortuous vs Twisted - What's the difference?

tortuous | twisted |

As adjectives the difference between tortuous and twisted

is that tortuous is twisted; having many turns; convoluted while twisted is contorted.

As a verb twisted is





(en adjective)
  • Twisted; having many turns; convoluted.
  • * 2007 October 6, “Slogging on the Home Front”, editorial in ,
  • It still takes almost half a year for the average veteran’s claim for disability benefits to be decided in a tortuous process that can involve four separate hearings.
  • * Macaulay
  • The badger made his dark and tortuous hole on the side of every hill where the copsewood grew thick.
  • (obsolete) injurious; tortious
  • (astrology) oblique; applied to the six signs of the zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) that ascend most rapidly and obliquely
  • * Skeat
  • Infortunate ascendent tortuous .

    Usage notes

    * This term has strongly negative connotations, perhaps transferred from the similar-sounding adjective torturous . * Not to be confused with the legal term tortious .




  • (twist)
  • Adjective

  • contorted
  • wound spirally
  • Mentally disturbed or unsound.