Synonyms for (adjective) tortuous

Synonyms: tortuous

Definition: not straightforward

Usage: his tortuous reasoning

Similar words: indirect

Definition: extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action

Usage: making indirect but legitimate inquiries; an indirect insult; doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind; though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest; known as a shady indirect fellow


Synonyms: convoluted, Byzantine, involved, knotty, tortuous, tangled

Definition: highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

Usage: 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

Similar words: complex

Definition: complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts

Usage: a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody; a complex mass of diverse laws and customs


Synonyms: winding, voluminous, twisting, twisty, tortuous

Definition: marked by repeated turns and bends

Usage: a tortuous road up the mountain; winding roads are full of surprises; had to steer the car down a twisty track

Similar words: crooked

Definition: having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned

Usage: crooked country roads; crooked teeth