Excruciate
Excruciate Ex*cru"ci*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Excruciated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Excruciating}.] To inflict agonizing pain upon; to torture; to torment greatly; to rack; as, to excruciate the heart or the body. [1913 Webster]

Their thoughts, like devils, them excruciate. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]


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  • Excruciate — Ex*cru ci*ate, a. [L. excruciatus, p. p. of excruciare to excruciate; ex out + cruciare to put to death on a cross, to torment. See {Cruciate}, {Cross}.] Excruciated; tortured. [1913 Webster] And here my heart long time excruciate. Chapman. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • excruciate — index badger, harass Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • excruciate — 1560s, from L. excruciatus, pp. of excruciare to torture, torment, rack, plague; figuratively to afflict, harass, vex, torment, from ex out, thoroughly (see EX (Cf. ex )) + cruciare cause pain or anguish to, lit. crucify, from crux (gen. crucis)… …   Etymology dictionary

  • excruciate — [eks kro͞o′shē āt΄, ikskro͞o′shē āt΄] vt. excruciated, excruciating [< L excruciatus, pp. of excruciare < ex , intens. + cruciare, to torture, crucify < crux, CROSS] 1. to cause intense bodily pain to; torture 2. to subject to mental… …   English World dictionary

  • excruciate — transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare, from ex + cruciare to crucify, from cruc , crux cross Date: circa 1570 1. to inflict intense pain on ; torture 2. to subject to intense mental distress •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • excruciate — /ik skrooh shee ayt /, v.t., excruciated, excruciating. 1. to inflict severe pain upon; torture: The headache excruciated him. 2. to cause mental anguish to; irritate greatly. [1560 70; < L excruciatus, ptp. of excruciare to torment, torture,… …   Universalium

  • excruciate — verb to inflict intense pain or mental distress on (someone); to torture …   Wiktionary

  • excruciate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To bring great harm or suffering to: afflict, agonize, anguish, curse, plague, rack, scourge, smite, strike, torment, torture. See ATTACK, HELP …   English dictionary for students

  • excruciate — ex·cru·ci·ate || ɪk skruːʃɪeɪt v. inflict severe pain upon; torture; irritate greatly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • excruciate — [ɪk skru:ʃɪeɪt, ɛk ] verb rare torment physically or mentally. Derivatives excruciation noun Origin C16: from L. excruciat , excruciare torment (based on crux, cruc a cross ) …   English new terms dictionary

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