excruciate [ik- skroo-shee-eyt] Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), ex·cru·ci·at·ed, ex·cru·ci·at·ing. to inflict severe pain upon; torture: The headache excruciated him. to cause mental anguish to; irritate greatly. Origin of excruciate 1560–70;
past participle of
to torment, torture, equivalent to
ex- ex- 1
to torment, crucify (derivative of
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Examples from the Web for excruciate Historical Examples But I need not excruciate you any longer;—any commands for town? He will be vulgarly stuck up, and excruciate me with every French word he attempts to pronounce. British Dictionary definitions for excruciate to inflict mental suffering on; torment obsolete to inflict physical pain on; torture Derived Forms excruciation, noun Word Origin
C16: from Latin
excruciāre, from cruciāre to crucify, from crux cross
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Word Origin and History for excruciate v.
1560s, from Latin
excruciatus, past participle of excruciare "to torture, torment, rack, plague;" figuratively "to afflict, harass, vex, torment," from ex- "out, thoroughly" (see ex-) + cruciare "cause pain or anguish to," literally "crucify," from crux (genitive crucis) "cross."
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