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excruciating

excruciating

adjective

: very painful : causing great mental or physical pain

: very severe

: extreme or excessive

Full Definition of EXCRUCIATING

1
:  causing great pain or anguish :  agonizing <the nation's most excruciating dilemma — W. H. Ferry>
2
:  very intense :  extreme <excruciating pain>
ex·cru·ci·at·ing·ly \-ˌā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of EXCRUCIATING

  1. I have an excruciating headache.
  2. an excruciating moment of embarrassment
  3. They described their vacation in excruciating detail.

First Known Use of EXCRUCIATING

1599

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