excruciating

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛkˈskɹuːʃiːeɪtɪŋ/, /ɪkˈskɹuːsiːeɪtɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

excruciating (comparative more excruciating, superlative most excruciating)

  1. Causing great pain or anguish, agonizing
    • 2011, Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, How Now Shall We Live?
      Sagan faced an excruciating dilemma: Should he remain true to his naturalistic philosophy and reject the marrow graft as something acquired by immoral means? Or should he agree to undergo the medical treatment in hope of saving his life
  2. Exceedingly intense; extreme

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

Translations[edit]