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excruciate

verb ex·cru·ci·ate \ik-ˈskrü-shē-ˌāt\
ex·cru·ci·at·edex·cru·ci·at·ing

Definition of EXCRUCIATE

transitive verb
1
:  to inflict intense pain on :  torture
2
:  to subject to intense mental distress
ex·cru·ci·a·tion \-ˌskrü-shē-ˈā-shən, -sē-\ noun

Examples of EXCRUCIATE

  1. <she has long been excruciated by a persistent pain in her knee>

Origin of EXCRUCIATE

Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare, from ex- + cruciare to crucify, from cruc-, crux cross
First Known Use: circa 1570

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