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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She was released, but returned a few days later due to excruciating neck pain and weakness in her arm. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "All the Details Of 'Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller’s Medical Past," 28 July 2019 Her excruciating fever, headaches and bloody diarrhoea have gone. The Economist, "How do you reform a country where gunmen torch Ebola clinics?," 2 Aug. 2019 Winnowing down the offerings to 10 recommendations was excruciating, but that’s why journalists get the big bucks. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "10 top acts highlight the 30th San Jose Jazz summer fest," 30 July 2019 To avoid this excruciating surprise, Beckwith recommends the stingray shuffle. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The sting: how to avoid being a victim of stingrays," 3 July 2019 James Safechuck and Wade Robson each told their alleged stories in excruciating detail in HBO’s Leaving Neverland, which debuted earlier this year, despite a $100 million lawsuit filed against HBO by Jackson’s estate. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Michael Jackson's Estate Remembers Him As A 'Gifted Artist' 10 Years After His Death," 25 June 2019 And if the jokes are not landing, and jokes are hard to land, the experience is excruciating. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Is this the end of comedy? Why it’s never been harder to tell a joke," 19 June 2019 She was rushed to the E.R. after collapsing at the gym with an excruciating headache and was left with temporary aphasia, or language impairment, after her first surgery. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Emilia Clarke Just Shared Never-Before-Seen Photos Taken After Her Brain Surgery," 8 Apr. 2019 The pain was excruciating, ripping through me like a knife from my pelvic wall all the way up to my rib cage. Leah Campbell, Glamour, "I Lost My Fertility at 26," 23 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of excruciating

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of excruciating was in 1599

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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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