excruciate

verb
ex·​cru·​ci·​ate | \ ik-ˈskrü-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce excruciate (audio) \
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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Other Words from excruciate

excruciation \ ik-​ˌskrü-​shē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce excruciation (audio) , -​sē-​ \ noun

Examples of excruciate in a Sentence

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

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With Manuel Margot on second base and two outs, Moronta threw a 2-0 fastball to Luis Urias and immediately hit the dirt in what looked like excruciating pain. SFChronicle.com, "Giants reliever Reyes Moronta leaves game with bad-looking arm injury," 31 Aug. 2019 Counting down the days until the September 20th premiere of the Downton Abbey movie has been excruciating, to say the least. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "We’re Hanging on Every Behind-the-Scenes Moment in the Newest Trailer for the Downton Abbey Movie," 21 Aug. 2019 Mandelup walks the tightest of ropes, exposing the reciprocal delusions fuelling these transactions, juxtaposing the audience’s horror with her subjects’ excruciating pragmatism. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Jawline,” Reviewed: A Chilling Look at the Making of a Teen Influencer," 27 Aug. 2019 The last two years of Ariana Grande’s life have been full of triumph, tragedy and excruciating heartache. The Si Staff, SI.com, "'Horns Down' Is Already This Year's Most Controversial College Football Celebration," 19 July 2019 Because talking about intimacy and love requires a level of vulnerability that is — for most of us — excruciating. Wade Davis, Good Housekeeping, "It's Time to Stop the Cycle of Shame, and Teach Boys How to Love Themselves," 30 Apr. 2019 This didn’t come with countless nights of excruciating pain, swelling, and mental agony. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Does Cam Ayala Get a "Pity Rose" on Hannah's Season of 'The Bachelorette'?," 22 May 2019 The holiday is on a Thursday, which means some people will plan for a long weekend, giving our poor dogs (and some cats) an excruciating four days of anxiety and stress. Cathy M. Rosenthal, ExpressNews.com, "July 4th: Fun for humans, hell for dogs," 28 June 2019 This didn’t come with countless nights of excruciating pain, swelling, and mental agony. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Does Cam Ayala Get a "Pity Rose" on Hannah's Season of 'The Bachelorette'?," 22 May 2019

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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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