excruciating

adjective
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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Recent Examples on the Web As prosecutors spent Monday afternoon recounting the excruciating timeline of a shooter’s deadly assault on the Capital Gazette and its employees, a surprising new detail emerged. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "Capital Gazette killer hid for six minutes as officers helped victims and survivors. How did that happen?," 1 Nov. 2019 The excruciating tension of the very best horror is created more by what is not seen than what is, a game of hide and seek that has been, historically, much harder to sustain in episodic TV than in a two-hour or so film. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "From ‘Stranger Things’ to “Castle Rock’: How horror took over television," 27 Oct. 2019 The excruciating tension of the very best horror is created more by what is not seen than what is, a game of hide and seek that has been, historically, much harder to sustain in episodic TV than in a two-hour or so film. Mary Mcnamara, chicagotribune.com, "Commentary: From ‘Walking Dead’ to ’The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’: How horror took over television," 25 Oct. 2019 Putrid public relations has only exacerbated the already excruciating situation. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Nationals trounce Astros in miserable World Series performance," 23 Oct. 2019 The last moments of Awan's life were gruesome and excruciating. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Florida man died in a burning Tesla because its futuristic doors wouldn’t open, lawsuit alleges," 23 Oct. 2019 Already in position to at least attempt an abundantly makeable tying field goal, the Chargers suffered an excruciating fate: a third consecutive reversal (in the span of 44 seconds) that went against them. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Rams find their groove again," 21 Oct. 2019 Puss caterpillars are notorious for their excruciating stings. Ricky Pinela, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida woman hospitalized after getting stung by venomous puss caterpillar," 21 Oct. 2019 Packers 23, Lions 22: Who’s to blame for excruciating loss? Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "What's at stake in Detroit Lions' CB competition: Bragging rights, Best Buy gift cards," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of excruciating

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Nov 2019

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“Excruciating.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excruciating?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=excru01ld. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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excruciating

adjective
How to pronounce excruciating (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of excruciating

: very painful : causing great mental or physical pain
: very severe
: extreme or excessive

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