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excruciation

[ik-skroo-shee-ey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of excruciating.
  2. the state of being excruciated.
  3. an instance of this; torture.
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Origin of excruciation

1610–20; < Late Latin excruciātiōn- (stem of excruciātiō)
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for excruciation

Historical Examples

  • The proper bows were interchanged; and then came Crang's excruciation.

    Perlycross

    R. D. Blackmore

  • Let us take a common sense view of this excruciation—ex—ex—I mean exquisite argument.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

  • Of her originally sprang the inspired teaching of the doom of men to excruciation in endlessness.

  • To be far off the key is to be in another key, but to smite at a note and muff it is excruciation.

  • Only meanwhile he wants—it was a phrase of his own—to keep all the excruciation for his own private enjoyment.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan