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  1. extremely painful; causing intense suffering; unbearably distressing; torturing: an excruciating noise; excruciating pain.
  2. exceedingly elaborate or intense; extreme: done with excruciating care.
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Origin of excruciating

First recorded in 1655–65; excruciate + -ing2
Related formsex·cru·ci·at·ing·ly, adverbun·ex·cru·ci·at·ing, adjective

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Related Words for excruciatingly

awkwardly, excruciatingly, disturbingly, restlessly, uneasily, agonizingly, miserably, annoyingly, irritatingly, wretchedly

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British Dictionary definitions for excruciatingly


  1. unbearably painful; agonizing
  2. intense; extremehe took excruciating pains to do it well
  3. informal irritating; trying
  4. jocular very badan excruciating pun
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Derived Formsexcruciatingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for excruciatingly



1590s, present participle adjective from excruciate. Related: Excruciatingly.

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