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excruciating

[ ik-skroo-shee-ey-ting ]
/ ɪkˈskru ʃiˌeɪ tɪŋ /
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adjective

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

Nearby words

excretory duct, excretory ductule of lacrimal gland, excretory gland, excretory system, excruciate, excruciating, excruciation, excubitorium, excud., excudit, exculpable

Origin of excruciating

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

/ (ɪkˈskruːʃɪˌeɪtɪŋ) /

adjective

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

excruciating


adj.

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

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