ex·​cru·​ci·​ate | \ ik-ˈskrü-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce excruciate (audio) \
excruciated; excruciating

Definition of excruciate

transitive verb

1 : to inflict intense pain on : torture
2 : to subject to intense mental distress

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Other Words from excruciate

excruciation \ ik-​ˌskrü-​shē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce excruciation (audio) , -​sē-​ \ noun

Examples of excruciate in a Sentence

she has long been excruciated by a persistent pain in her knee

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The holiday is on a Thursday, which means some people will plan for a long weekend, giving our poor dogs (and some cats) an excruciating four days of anxiety and stress. Cathy M. Rosenthal, ExpressNews.com, "July 4th: Fun for humans, hell for dogs," 28 June 2019 This didn’t come with countless nights of excruciating pain, swelling, and mental agony. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Does Cam Ayala Get a "Pity Rose" on Hannah's Season of 'The Bachelorette'?," 22 May 2019 After more than a dozen surgeries following her car accident, Chilakos still woke up every morning in excruciating pain. Susie Armitage, SELF, "10 Things Amputees and People With Limb Differences Want You to Know," 1 May 2019 Because of This Insanely Rare Skin Condition His condition leaves his skin looking burned and blistered, which makes him unable to walk and causes excruciating pain. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "‘Butterfly Children’ Disease Causes This Boy’s Skin to Look Burned and Blistered," 10 June 2019 By the day of the appointment, the patient had excruciating pain in his shoulders and hips. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "What Was the Cause of the Excruciating Pain in His Shoulders and Hips?," 5 June 2019 Scene-setter: The fourth quarter was excruciating regardless of your rooting interest. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Three years later, Stephen Curry contends he cost Warriors the 2016 NBA championship," 4 June 2019 Just excruciating, horrible, liver eating over and over for eternity. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Think these movies are too gory? The Greek myths they're based on are worse," 12 July 2018 This didn’t come with countless nights of excruciating pain, swelling, and mental agony. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Cam Ayala, the Guy Who Rapped to Hannah on 'The Bachelorette'?," 20 May 2019

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First Known Use of excruciate

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for excruciate

Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare, from ex- + cruciare to crucify, from cruc-, crux cross

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