excruciating

adjective ex·cru·ci·at·ing \ ik-ˈskrü-shē-ˌā-tiŋ \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

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

excruciatingly

play \ik-ˈskrü-shē-ˌā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of excruciating in a Sentence

  1. I have an excruciating headache.

  2. an excruciating moment of embarrassment

  3. They described their vacation in excruciating detail.

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First Known Use of excruciating

1599


EXCRUCIATING Defined for English Language Learners

excruciating

adjective

Definition of excruciating for English Language Learners

  • : very painful : causing great mental or physical pain

  • : very severe

  • : extreme or excessive



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