Definition of excruciating in English:


Line breaks: ex|cru¦ci|at¦ing
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈskruːʃieɪtɪŋ


1Intensely painful: excruciating back pain
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  • Feeling one of his ribs break, the excruciating pain became too unbearable for Fred to take.
  • After enduring excruciating pain, a raging infection and almost a week in the hospital, I feel fortunate to be alive.
  • Needless to say, that if looks could kill, Darien would most certainly have died a painful and excruciating death.
agonizing, extremely painful, severe, acute, intense, extreme, savage, violent, racking, searing, piercing, stabbing, raging, harrowing, tormenting, grievous;
dreadful, awful, terrible, unbearable, unendurable, more than one can bear, more than flesh and blood can bear
informal splitting, thumping, pounding, killing
literary exquisite
1.1Very embarrassing, awkward, or tedious: he explained the procedure in excruciating detail
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  • I could start trying to entrap him now, through a long, excruciating, and possibly embarrassing process.
  • I call it seven of the most excruciating and awkward minutes of my life.
  • Farah is willing to bring out all the emotional guns to convince his readers of the horror of the situation, describing the scene in excruciating detail.



[as submodifier]: the sting was excruciatingly painful
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  • Although it can kill if it enters the lungs, blister gas is used mainly to weaken infantry by making the skin break out in excruciatingly painful blisters.
  • The disease came with excruciatingly painful attacks that afflicted one side of her face.
  • She scowled at me as I took my seat and I was too excruciatingly embarrassed to offer up a feeble apology for not saying hello in the elevator.

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