: very painful : causing great mental or physical pain
: very severe
: extreme or excessive
: causing great pain or anguish : agonizing <the nation's most excruciating dilemma — W. H. Ferry>
Examples of EXCRUCIATING
- I have an excruciating headache.
- an excruciating moment of embarrassment
- They described their vacation in excruciating detail.
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