tortuous, adj. 1. twisting, winding, anfractuous, flexuous, sinuous, sinuate, undulating, serpentine, snaky, vermiculate, zigzag; turning, meandering, curvilinear, curved, curvy; spiraling, circling, convoluted, volute; tortile, twisted, crooked, bent; mazy, mazelike, labyrinthine; complicated, involved, difficult.
2. indirect, roundabout, circuitous, ambagious, evasive, unstraightforward; devious, dishonest, crooked, Inf. shady, left-handed, backhand, backhanded; deceitful, fraudulent, guileful, insidious, sharp, slippery, shifty, tricky; two-faced, Janus-faced, double-tongued, false-hearted.
torture, n. 1. persecution, persecuting, excruciation, torment, tormenting., torturing, martyrdom, crucifixion, crucifying; punishment, punishing, castigation; abuse, beating, flagellation, flagging, lashing, whipping; molestation, mistreatment, maltreatment, ill-treatment.
2. agony, misery, suffering, wretchedness; pain, hurt, wound, sting, pang; anguish, distress, woe, har-rowment, tribulation, trouble, hell.
3. torture, infliction, rack, lancination; affliction, plague, adversity, scourge, curse, thorn; atrocity, ag-grievement, outrage, wrong. -v. 4. agonize, excruciate, rack, put someone on the rack, martyr, crucify; pain, hurt, scathe, lacerate, put someone through the wringer; torment, persecute, abuse, beat, SL work over, Sl. give someone the works, Archaic, belabor; anguish, distress, grieve, afflict, plague, harrow, rend, worry, trouble, disturb, Scot. fash.
5. wring, wrest, pry out, force out, exact, extract, Law. extort.
6. contort, deform, disfigure, misshape, cripple; gnarl, convolute, twist, writhe, wrench, turn, bend, draw out of shape.
7. pervert, distort, garble, misrepresent, misrender, misinterpret, misstate, falsify; travesty, butcher, slaughter, murder; corrupt, adulterate, bastardize, vitiate, debase, contaminate, pollute; caricature, burlesque, exaggerate, minimize.
toss, v. 1. throw, chuck, pitch, fling, cant, dart, flirt, shy; cast, hurl, put, heave; dash, sling, let fly, send, launch; propel, project, jaculate, catapault.
2. jerk, jolt, joggle, jostle, shake; agitate, disturb, upset, disquiet, discompose.
3. rock, sway, roll, undulate; lurch, plunge; flap, wave.
4. turn over, be restless, toss and turn; squirm, writhe, wriggle.
total, adj. 1. whole, entire, integral, complete; aggregate, collective, combined, composite; full, plenary; comprehensive, universal, inclusive, all-inclusive, all-embracing; extensive, extended, widespread.
2. thorough, exhaustive, in-depth, A to Z, Brit. A to Zed, Brit. Dial, gradely; absolute, dyed-in-the-wool, full-fledged, Inf. teetotal, complete; utter, gross, rank, sheer, radical, sweeping; unqualified, unmodified, uncompromised, unconditional, unreserved, unmitigated; unequivocal, clear, unambiguous, explicit, express; outright, downright, out-and-out, straight-out, all-out, across-the-board. -n. 3. sum, sum total, accumulation, amount, entire amount, gross amount; aggregate, ensemble, Fr. tout ensemble, assemblage, collection, collective, mass, lump.
4. all, alpha and omega, beginning and end, length and breadth, totality. See - totality.