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 excruciating (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Levy, finally liberated from such labors, has taken on the exhilarating, excruciating challenge of trying to produce something new, in life and on the page. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Fundraising is arduous in normal times, and during an economic crisis is an even more excruciating challenge. Rachel King, Fortune, 13 May 2021 Deciding between Mobley and Barnes was excruciating. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Apr. 2022 The pain of leaving everything behind has been excruciating, many said — along with the guilt of perhaps not having done enough to fight Mr. Putin. New York Times, 13 Mar. 2022 Having to deal with being attacked on social media while suffering a massive disappointment must be excruciating for this athlete. Kara Alaimo, CNN, 7 Feb. 2022 Admirers praise her expertise at dissecting the tensions of family life in exquisite, excruciating detail. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 20 Mar. 2022 As Logan reminds Kendall in excruciating detail during that dinner conversation, Kendall has already been involved in a drowning. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 5 Dec. 2021 And Ukrainians, receiving support from the United States to defend themselves, could make an invasion excruciating, which Washington is making sure Putin understands. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of excruciating

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 May 2022

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“Excruciating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excruciating. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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