[ ik-skroo-shee-ey-ting ]
/ ɪkˈskru ʃiˌeɪ tɪŋ /
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extremely painful; causing intense suffering; unbearably distressing; torturing: an excruciating noise; excruciating pain.
exceedingly elaborate or intense; extreme: done with excruciating care.



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Origin of excruciating

First recorded in 1655–65; excruciate + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM excruciating

ex·cru·ci·at·ing·ly, adverbun·ex·cru·ci·at·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for excruciating

/ (ɪkˈskruːʃɪˌeɪtɪŋ) /


unbearably painful; agonizing
intense; extremehe took excruciating pains to do it well
informal irritating; trying
jocular very badan excruciating pun

Derived forms of excruciating

excruciatingly, adverb
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