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excruciating

[ik-skroo-shee-ey-ting] /ɪkˈskru ʃiˌeɪ tɪŋ/
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
1655-1665
1655-65; excruciate + -ing2
Related forms
excruciatingly, adverb
unexcruciating, adjective
Synonyms
1. unbearable, insufferable, unendurable, agonizing, racking.
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British Dictionary definitions for excruciatingly

excruciating

/ɪkˈskruːʃɪˌeɪtɪŋ/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
excruciatingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for excruciatingly

excruciating

adj.

1590s, present participle adjective from excruciate. Related: Excruciatingly.

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