Excruciating Ex*cru"ci*a`ting Torturing; racking. ``Excruciating pain.'' --V. Knox. ``Excruciating fears.'' --Bentley -- {Ex*cru"ci*a`ting*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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  • excruciating — [adj] torturous, painful acute, agonizing, burning, chastening, consuming, exquisite, extreme, grueling, harrowing, insufferable, intense, piercing, punishing, racking, rending, searing, severe, sharp, shooting, stabbing, tearing, tormenting,… …   New thesaurus

  • excruciating — ► ADJECTIVE 1) intensely painful. 2) very embarrassing, awkward, or tedious. DERIVATIVES excruciatingly adverb. ORIGIN from Latin excruciare torment , from crux a cross …   English terms dictionary

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  • excruciating — excruciatingly, adv. /ik skrooh shee ay ting/, adj. 1. extremely painful; causing intense suffering; unbearably distressing; torturing: an excruciating noise; excruciating pain. 2. exceedingly elaborate or intense; extreme: done with excruciating …   Universalium

  • excruciating — ex|cru|ci|at|ing [ıkˈskru:ʃieıtıŋ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: excruciate to cause great pain to (16 21 centuries), from Latin excruciare, from cruciare to crucify , from crux cross ] 1.) extremely painful ▪ When I bend my arm, the pain is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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