excruciating

[ik-skroo-shee-ey-ting]
adjective
1.
extremely painful; causing intense suffering; unbearably distressing; torturing: an excruciating noise; excruciating pain.
2.
exceedingly elaborate or intense; extreme: done with excruciating care.

Origin:
1655–65; excruciate + -ing2

excruciatingly, adverb
unexcruciating, adjective


1. unbearable, insufferable, unendurable, agonizing, racking.
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excruciate

[ik-skroo-shee-eyt]
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:
1560–70; < 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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excruciate (ɪkˈskruːʃɪˌeɪt)
 
vb
1.  to inflict mental suffering on; torment
2.  obsolete to inflict physical pain on; torture
 
[C16: from Latin excruciāre, from cruciāre to crucify, from crux cross]
 
excruci'ation
 
n

excruciating (ɪkˈskruːʃɪˌeɪtɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  unbearably painful; agonizing
2.  intense; extreme: he took excruciating pains to do it well
3.  informal irritating; trying
4.  jocular very bad: an excruciating pun
 
ex'cruciatingly
 
adv

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excruciate
1560s, from L. excruciatus, pp. of excruciare "to torture, torment," from ex- "out, thoroughly" + cruciare "cause pain or anguish to," lit. "crucify," from crux (gen. crucis) "cross." Related: Excruciating; excruciatingly.
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After hours of excruciating anticipation, the final checks for the space
  shuttle launching have been made and all systems are go.
The suspense is excruciating.
The songs and arias can be lovely, but the warmups happening every hour are
  excruciating.
She went on to describe her experience in excruciating detail.
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