AskDefine | Define excruciating

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

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


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


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


Causing great pain or anguish, agonizing
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