Definition of excruciating
- the nation's most excruciating dilemma
- —W. H. Ferry
- excruciating pain
I have an excruciating headache.
an excruciating moment of embarrassment
They described their vacation in excruciating detail.
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: very painful : causing great mental or physical pain
: very severe
: extreme or excessive
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