- to inflict severe pain upon; torture: The headache excruciated him.
- to cause mental anguish to; irritate greatly.
Origin of excruciate
Related Words for excruciateagonize, smite, curse, distress, torture, bother, hurt, harass, torment, mistreat, plague, anguish
Examples from the Web for excruciate
Historical Examples of excruciate
- to inflict mental suffering on; torment
- obsolete to inflict physical pain on; torture
Word Origin for excruciate
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."