ex·cru·ci·at·ing | \ik-ˈskrü-shē-ˌā-tiŋ \

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

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excruciatingly \ik-ˈskrü-shē-ˌā-tiŋ-lē \ adverb

Examples of excruciating in a Sentence

I have an excruciating headache. an excruciating moment of embarrassment They described their vacation in excruciating detail.
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People who live to age 85 and had chickenpox as children have a 50-50 chance of developing the excruciating rash. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Looking for the new shingles vaccine Shingrix? Not all Philadelphia pharmacies have it," 29 June 2018 Rosenstein was able to explain in excruciating detail some of the evidence that would support the intelligence chiefs' certain conclusion that Russia meddled in our election. Jennifer Rubin, Anchorage Daily News, "What has changed in the Russia investigation?," 18 Feb. 2018 For a few excruciating seconds, director Stefano Sollima’s camera lingers on a mother and a child pleading for their lives. Michael Phillips, kansascity, "‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ enters the border debate, guns blazing," 28 June 2018 The excruciating Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL injury left the recreational athlete on the sidelines. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "New technology used by NFL is changing the game for Kentucky athletes," 22 June 2018 Just a cold, hard glare that lingers for several excruciating seconds will do. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "15 Things My Father Taught Me," 17 June 2016 In April 2013, Miller and his family suffered an excruciating loss. Rachel G. Bowers, BostonGlobe.com, "The ups and downs of Bode Miller," 12 June 2018 The Capitals will face the Vegas Golden Knights, a nightmare opponent for a franchise that has copyrighted excruciating losses. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Capitals are the perfect team for Cubs fans until their baseball club stops stinking," 24 May 2018 Bouncing back from an excruciating 11-inning loss the previous evening in which the bullpen blew leads in the ninth and 10th, the Brewers took two of three games from the Cardinals. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 3, Cardinals 2: This one doesn't get away as Albers shuts down rally in 9th," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of excruciating

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of excruciating was in 1599

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English Language Learners Definition of excruciating

: very painful : causing great mental or physical pain

: very severe

: extreme or excessive

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