AskDefine | Define excruciating

Dictionary Definition

excruciating adj : extremely painful [syn: agonizing, agonising, harrowing, torturing, torturous, torturesome]

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English

Etymology

Present participle of excruciate, from excruciatus#Latin, past participle of excrucio, from ex-#Latin + crucio#Latin "I torment".

Pronunciation

  • italbrac RP /ɛkˈskruːʃiːeɪtɪŋ/ or /ɪkˈskruːsiːeɪtɪŋ/
  • italbrac US /ɪkˈskruːʃiːeɪtɪŋ/ or /ɛkˈskruːʃiːeɪtɪŋ/

Adjective

  1. Causing great pain or anguish, agonizing
    the nation's most excruciating dilemma -- W. H. Ferry
  2. Very intense; extreme

Translations

Causing great pain or anguish, agonizing
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