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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 of excruciating
1655-1665
1655-65; excruciate + -ing2
Related forms
excruciatingly, adverb
unexcruciating, adjective
Synonyms
1. unbearable, insufferable, unendurable, agonizing, racking.
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  • He could see the picture without looking—and that odour struck him as excruciatingly appropriate to this woman's soul.

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  • Natt's face was excruciatingly ridiculous, and Paul laughed at the sight of it.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • The work in this picture is extremely good, and it is excruciatingly funny without intending to be so.

  • To them the incident was excruciatingly funny, and they burst into loud laughter.

    The Scarlet Plague Jack London
  • This little amendment in the masculine organization would be excruciatingly refreshing to the female lover of variety.

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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