ex·​cru·​ci·​ate | \ik-ˈskrü-shē-ˌāt \
excruciated; excruciating

Definition of excruciate 

transitive verb

1 : to inflict intense pain on : torture

2 : to subject to intense mental distress

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excruciation \ik-​ˌskrü-​shē-​ˈā-​shən, -​sē-​ \ noun

Examples of excruciate in a Sentence

she has long been excruciated by a persistent pain in her knee

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Critics say that benefit to soldiers in excruciating pain is outweighed by risk to hospital personnel who might deliberately abuse it—the very professionals who have sworn to do no harm and who already have direct access to this drug and others. Sally Satel, WSJ, "The FDA Was Wise to Approve a New Opioid," 7 Nov. 2018 Little Dragons The worms are synonymous with excruciating pain. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018 Despite an ankle the size of a softball and pain he (after the fact) describes as excruciating, Finau somehow managed to finish in a tie for 10th that week, good enough to earn a invite into next year's Masters. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Q&A: Tony Finau On the Ryder Cup, Augusta and an All-PGA Tour Pickup Team," 12 June 2018 Brazil has the creative genius of Neymar, a man who seems unable to exist without excruciating, self-focused drama. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Mexico hopes to end streak against Brazil," 29 June 2018 The attack shook the image of Japan as a safe and orderly society, as victims suffered excruciating pain, many of them sprawled on the streets and subway platforms. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan Executes Leader of Doomsday Cult," 6 July 2018 But the truth is, waking up in the morning is excruciating. Rebecca Renner, Glamour, "I'm 27 and Living With Narcolepsy—and It's Not a Joke," 15 Feb. 2018 According to CBS News, a brush with one of those seemingly-innocent fuzzy caterpillars sent one boy to the hospital in excruciating pain. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Caterpillar Sends Teen to Hospital in "Worst Pain He's Ever Felt"," 22 June 2018 This inflammatory arthritis is triggered when a waste product called uric acid crystallizes within the joints, causing excruciating pain and swelling. Health.com, "7 Health Benefits of Cherries," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of excruciate

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for excruciate

Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare, from ex- + cruciare to crucify, from cruc-, crux cross

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