ex·​cru·​ci·​at·​ing | \ ik-ˈskrü-shē-ˌā-tiŋ How to pronounce excruciating (audio) \

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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Other Words from excruciating

excruciatingly \ ik-​ˈskrü-​shē-​ˌā-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce excruciatingly (audio) \ 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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James Safechuck and Wade Robson each told their alleged stories in excruciating detail in HBO’s Leaving Neverland, which debuted earlier this year, despite a $100 million lawsuit filed against HBO by Jackson’s estate. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Michael Jackson's Estate Remembers Him As A 'Gifted Artist' 10 Years After His Death," 25 June 2019 And if the jokes are not landing, and jokes are hard to land, the experience is excruciating. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Is this the end of comedy? Why it’s never been harder to tell a joke," 19 June 2019 She was rushed to the E.R. after collapsing at the gym with an excruciating headache and was left with temporary aphasia, or language impairment, after her first surgery. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Emilia Clarke Just Shared Never-Before-Seen Photos Taken After Her Brain Surgery," 8 Apr. 2019 The pain was excruciating, ripping through me like a knife from my pelvic wall all the way up to my rib cage. Leah Campbell, Glamour, "I Lost My Fertility at 26," 23 Apr. 2019 The moment my son arrived into the world, my attention was immediately diverted from the excruciating pain of childbirth. Minhae Shim Roth, Glamour, "My Reward for Having a Baby? A $1,000 Gucci Bag," 7 Jan. 2019 An excruciating pulsing headache on one or both sides of the head is only one part of the package. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "8 Myths People With Migraines Wish You’d Stop Believing," 23 Oct. 2018 My patella kept dislocating, and the pain was excruciating. Zoe Wilder, Good Housekeeping, "My Knee Surgery Led to a Pill Addiction," 12 July 2015 The film is beautifully made, from the sound design to the editing (waiting for a phone to ring has never felt so excruciating). Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "The Guilty Is A Riveting Thriller About a Police Call Gone Wrong," 19 Oct. 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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