excruciating

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Present participle of excruciate, from Latin excruciō, from ex- + cruciō ‎(I torment).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛkˈskɹuːʃiːeɪtɪŋ/, /ɪkˈskɹuːsiːeɪtɪŋ/
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Adjective[edit]

excruciating ‎(comparative more excruciating, superlative most excruciating)

  1. Causing great pain or anguish, agonizing
    the nation's most excruciating dilemma -- W. H. Ferry (Can we date this quote?)
  2. Exceedingly intense; extreme

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