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Definition of tortuous:

  1. Bent in different directions; wreathed; twisted; winding; as, a tortuous train; a tortuous train; a tortuous leaf or corolla.
  2. Fig.: Deviating from rectitude; indirect; erroneous; deceitful.
  3. Injurious: tortious.
  4. Oblique; - applied to the six signs of the zodiac ( from Capricorn to Gemini) which ascend most rapidly and obliquely.

Synonyms:

problematic, snarly, elaborate, curving, involved, flexuous, devious, repetition, confused, copious, windy, gnarled, twisting, curling, wandering, baffling, deceitful, wicked, labyrinthine, contorted, complicated, straight, bending, knotted, crooked, twisted, snarled, sinuous, sinuous, gnarly, twisty, elusive, incomprehensible, problematical, indirect, oblique, convoluted, curled, curved, curvy, tangled, meandrous, snaky, perverse, Byzantine, crazy, complex, intricate, snaky, anfractuous, tough, rambling, tricky, difficult, winding, convolute, roundabout, mired, circular, confusing, voluminous, knotty, knobbed.

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