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excruciate

[ik-skroo-shee-eyt] /ɪkˈskru ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), excruciated, excruciating.
1.
to inflict severe pain upon; torture:
The headache excruciated him.
2.
to cause mental anguish to; irritate greatly.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin excruciātus, past participle of excruciāre to torment, torture, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + cruciāre to torment, crucify (derivative of crux cross); see -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for excruciate

excruciate

/ɪkˈskruːʃɪˌeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to inflict mental suffering on; torment
2.
(obsolete) to inflict physical pain on; torture
Derived Forms
excruciation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin excruciāre, from cruciāre to crucify, from crux cross
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Word Origin and History for excruciate
v.

1560s, from Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare "to torture, torment, rack, plague;" figuratively "to afflict, harass, vex, torment," from ex- "out, thoroughly" (see ex-) + cruciare "cause pain or anguish to," literally "crucify," from crux (genitive crucis) "cross."

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