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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps come playoff time in April the Mavericks will be able to look back at the season’s first three months and say all of the excruciating losses were for the best. Dallas News, "Read it and weep: Numbers say Mavs might be blowing their promising season," 5 Jan. 2020 But our season really climaxed in late November with a third excruciating loss in three years to Ohio State. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "End of the Year Means Another Contrived College Football Playoff," 25 Dec. 2019 In four postseason appearances since moving to the nation’s capital in 2005, the Nats came up short every time — usually in excruciating fashion. BostonGlobe.com, "The St. Louis Cardinals are back in the NLCS for the first time since 2014 after a stunner of an inning in Atlanta.," 11 Oct. 2019 The series brings its picket-fence world to life in excruciating detail, and pits two heavy-hitting actresses against each other, to great effect. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Winter TV preview: 10 excellent new shows that will keep you warm and happy," 3 Jan. 2020 Almost serving as its own movie, episode 4 examined Korey’s experience in prison with excruciating detail, showing the many ways in which his experience changed him physically, mentally, and emotionally. Ew Staff, EW.com, "The 30 best TV episodes of 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 Cake designer Charlotte Neuville and her team executed the confectionary creation with excruciating detail. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Cardi B’s Extravagant Birthday Cake Was a Perfect Replica of Her Grammys Look," 10 Oct. 2019 Its pain was excruciating at home as well as on the way to the emergency department. Austin Frakt, New York Times, "If ‘Pain Is an Opinion,’ There Are Ways to Change Your Mind," 2 Dec. 2019 The gathering was excruciating, according to a person familiar with the discussions, because of the pressure on directors and the drubbing Boeing was taking on Wall Street. Los Angeles Times, "Boeing’s jetliner division chief steps down amid 737 Max crisis," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of excruciating

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Excruciating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excruciating. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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