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torture

see HUMAN RIGHTS.

TORTURE, punishments. A punishment inflicted in some countries on supposed criminals to induce them to confess their crimes, and to reveal their associates.
     2. This absurd and tyrannical practice never was in use in the United States; for no man is bound to accuse himself. An attempt to torture a person accused of crime, in order to extort a confession, is an indictable offence. 2 Tyler, 380. Vide Question.

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"Tortuous" means "full of twists," while "torturous" means "characterized by pain and suffering."
"They pushed and pushed and pushed and it wasn't pretty at times, it was tough to watch that last 20 minutes - it was torturous in many ways.
THE devastated parents of the American student released in a coma by North Korea have slammed his "torturous mistreatment".
Summary: New Delhi [India], June 20 (ANI): After the long and torturous summer spell, the monsoon is finally here and as much as we love to welcome rain, it isn't the best thing for your make-up and hair.
A torturous shingles prevented me from attending two events last weekend.
Summary: Today, after a torturous two and a half years spent in a lethal political vacuum, Lebanon at last has a new president -- Gen.
Foreign Office spokesperson Nafeez Zakaria in a statement said we deplore Indian forces torturous treatment of Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik.
Summary: 'The days that followed were extremely difficult and torturous to stay without funds in a foreign country with no money to pay for food and other basic human requirements'
Not so much lately, though the torturous 0-0 with Slovakia at the Euros did leave a nation worn to the gums and crying out for strong drink.
BURTON manager Nigel Clough insists the Brewers' forthcoming matches against Liverpool and Derby are nowhere near as daunting as a "torturous" trip to Doncaster last season.
We received the torturous letter from the local authority with the results of our school appeal.
Boasting a superficially new plot but preaching the exact same sermon--in the identical leaden, graceless manner--as its predecessor, Harold Crank's follow-up concocts a laughable crisis of faith whose resolution is a fait accompli, turning the endeavor into a torturous exercise in one-note proselytizing.