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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web FAYETTEVILLE -- University of Arkansas pitching ace Kevin Kopps suffered the most excruciating loss of his career and his only loss in 2021 on Sunday. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 14 June 2021 Watching what is happening back home in Palestine has been excruciating and very shocking. Harper's BAZAAR, 24 May 2021 But closer Caleb Wurster, nearing 60 pitches, was gassed, and the Red Raiders hit three consecutive homers, sending UConn off the field with the most excruciating loss imaginable. Dom Amore, courant.com, 23 May 2021 Vereen, a fourth-round pick of the Bears in 2014, said the mental grind of the scouting combine — which normally happens this time of year — is far more excruciating than anything on the physical side. Star Tribune, 25 Feb. 2021 Vanassa Sebastian woke up one morning in July with excruciating pain in her stomach. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 18 May 2021 Rosanne Mottola, 36, dealt with excruciating pain when she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis while in college in 2006. Korin Miller, SELF, 5 May 2021 As reported by The Guardian, in March of 2012, Tig collapsed while experiencing excruciating pain. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 2 May 2021 The exhaustion is excruciating, and both physical and mental. Sara Sidner And Mallory Simon, CNN, 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of excruciating

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jun 2021

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“Excruciating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excruciating. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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