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 for tortuous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tortuous \Tor"tu*ous\, a. [OE. tortuos, L. tortuosus, fr. tortus
     a twisting, winding, fr. torquere, tortum, to twist: cf. F.
     tortueux. See Torture.]
     1. Bent in different directions; wreathed; twisted; winding;
        as, a tortuous train; a tortuous leaf or corolla.
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              The badger made his dark and tortuous hole on the
              side of every hill where the copsewood grew thick.
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     2. Fig.: Deviating from rectitude; indirect; erroneous;
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              That course became somewhat lesstortuous, when the
              battle of the Boyne had cowed the spirit of the
              Jakobites.                            --Macaulay.
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     3. Injurious: tortious. [Obs.]
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     4. (Astrol.) Oblique; -- applied to the six signs of the
        zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) which ascend most
        rapidly and obliquely. [Obs.] --Skeat.
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              Infortunate ascendent tortuous.       --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster] --{Tor"tu*ous*ly, adv. --
        Tor"tu*ous*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious;
             "the Byzantine tax structure"; "Byzantine methods for
             holding on to his chairmanship"; "convoluted legal
             language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "the plot was too
             involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by
             labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we
             weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures";
             "tortuous negotiations lasting for months" [syn:
             Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty,
             tangled, tortuous]
      2: marked by repeated turns and bends; "a tortuous road up the
         mountain"; "winding roads are full of surprises"; "had to
         steer the car down a twisty track" [syn: tortuous,
         twisting, twisty, winding, voluminous]
      3: not straightforward; "his tortuous reasoning"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  139 Moby Thesaurus words for "tortuous":
     Gongoresque, Johnsonian, affected, ambagious, ambiguous,
     anamorphous, anfractuous, askew, asymmetric, bedizened, bent,
     big-sounding, billowing, billowy, bowed, circuitous,
     circumlocutory, cockeyed, complicated, contorted, convoluted,
     convolutional, cranky, crazy, crooked, crumpled, crunched, curled,
     curling, curvaceous, curvate, curvated, curve, curved, curvesome,
     curviform, curvilineal, curvilinear, curving, curvy, deceptive,
     declamatory, deviative, devious, distorted, elevated, euphuistic,
     flamboyant, flaming, flashy, flaunting, flexuose, flexuous,
     fulsome, garish, gaudy, geosynclinal, grandiloquent, grandiose,
     grandisonant, high-flowing, high-flown, high-flying, high-sounding,
     highfalutin, incurvate, incurvated, incurved, incurving, indirect,
     inkhorn, intricate, involute, involuted, involutional, involved,
     irregular, labyrinthine, lexiphanic, lofty, lopsided, lurid,
     magniloquent, mazy, meandering, meandrous, meretricious,
     misleading, nonsymmetric, one-sided, orotund, ostentatious,
     overdone, overelaborate, overinvolved, overwrought, pedantic,
     pompous, pretentious, recurvate, recurvated, recurved, recurving,
     rhetorical, rivose, rivulose, roundabout, ruffled, sensational,
     sensationalistic, sententious, serpentine, showy, sinuate, sinuose,
     sinuous, snaky, sonorous, sprung, stilted, tall, torsional,
     tortile, tricky, turning, twisted, twisting, twisty, undulant,
     unstraightforward, unsymmetric, wandering, warped, wavy, whorled,
     winding, wreathlike, wreathy, zigzag

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