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 book goes into excruciating detail about the evolution of the company, which eventually changed its name to SureWest Communications following the purchase of WinFirst Communications, and expansion into the greater Sacramento area. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Try your hand at being an operator at the Roseville Telephone Museum," 22 Dec. 2018 That meant those roller coaster moments were often excruciating for Tesla supporters (and catnip for critics), especially because the company was mere weeks away from death at one point, according to Musk himself. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 Kenta Goto, owner and barman, was once at Pegu Club, and has retained that famous bar’s excruciating attention to detail. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 Largely because of the late arrival of antibiotics and anesthesia, for millennia surgery was associated (accurately) with excruciating pain and festering wounds that were as likely to kill as to heal. Laura Kolbe, WSJ, "‘Under the Knife’ Review: The Kindest Cuts," 14 Nov. 2018 Critics say that benefit to soldiers in excruciating pain is outweighed by risk to hospital personnel who might deliberately abuse it—the very professionals who have sworn to do no harm and who already have direct access to this drug and others. Sally Satel, WSJ, "The FDA Was Wise to Approve a New Opioid," 7 Nov. 2018 Little Dragons The worms are synonymous with excruciating pain. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018 Despite an ankle the size of a softball and pain he (after the fact) describes as excruciating, Finau somehow managed to finish in a tie for 10th that week, good enough to earn a invite into next year's Masters. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Q&A: Tony Finau On the Ryder Cup, Augusta and an All-PGA Tour Pickup Team," 12 June 2018 Brazil has the creative genius of Neymar, a man who seems unable to exist without excruciating, self-focused drama. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Mexico hopes to end streak against Brazil," 29 June 2018

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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