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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This year, however, the wait for Android Pie might not be so excruciating. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Android 9 Pie is here: What's new, what's awesome, and how to get it now," 6 Aug. 2018 Over the past two seasons, Huntington Beach High's softball team has experienced some of the most excruciating ways to see a season end. Andrew Turner, latimes.com, "Huntington Beach softball loses at Norco after overturned call in ninth inning," 25 May 2018 But some, like Frankowski, only earned their spots after a January series of races at Kincaid Park — and after an excruciating wait as coaches weighed their options. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "For these Alaska skiers, the thrill of victory and agony of defeat started before the Olympics," 10 Feb. 2018 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

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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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