Definition of excruciating in English:


Pronunciation /ikˈskro͞oSHēˌādiNG/ /ɪkˈskruʃiˌeɪdɪŋ/

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  • 1Intensely painful.

    ‘excruciating back pain’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had been in the mess drinking beer with friends when suddenly he developed severe, excruciating chest pain.’
    • ‘Maybe I can prevent the excruciating pain and unbearable suffering from others in my generation.’
    • ‘The second thing he realized was the excruciating and piercing pain that had manifested from his left thigh.’
    • ‘The flashes of light through the window became suddenly painful, excruciating.’
    • ‘The excruciating pain and pounding in his head almost drowned out the report of the gunshot.’
    • ‘The main symptom of a slipped disc is sudden, excruciating back pain with severe back muscle spasm.’
    • ‘This article was insulting to all men and women who have excruciating pain and severe loss of quality of life from osteoporosis.’
    • ‘One night, he experienced excruciating pain in his abdomen so intense that it radiated to his back.’
    • ‘She has suffered bouts of total paralysis, is constantly fatigued and is racked by regular spasms of excruciating pain.’
    • ‘Some claimed that he signed a deal with the devil, who had come to collect, and that after three days of excruciating pain, he fell to his hands and knees, howled like a dog, and dropped dead.’
    • ‘And it felt like I was literally being torn in every direction, ripped apart, just cell-by-cell, just excruciating pain.’
    • ‘A stroke in 1953 had left him with excruciating bouts of pain in his face; crippling agony could be brought on by even momentary concentration.’
    • ‘For those of you who lift weights, if you have a rotator cuff problem, you will find that the flat bench press or performing dips on the dipping bar, will now become exercises of excruciating pain.’
    • ‘It is also, because it involves the lining of the lung, it involves one of the most sensitive parts of the body, and so most often, people with Mesothelioma suffer excruciating pain.’
    • ‘But this kind of pain was so excruciating, that even my hair touching my thumb and the bedsheet touching my thumb caused me to scream.’
    • ‘A century ago, high blood pressure, pneumonia, appendicitis, and diabetes, likely meant death, often accompanied by excruciating pain.’
    • ‘I woke up after the surgery in excruciating pain.’
    agonizing, extremely painful, severe, acute, intense, extreme, savage, violent, racking, searing, piercing, stabbing, raging, harrowing, tormenting, grievous
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    1. 1.1Mentally agonizing; very embarrassing, awkward, or tedious.
      ‘excruciating boredom’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With Open Hearts, she effectively documents, in minute, excruciating, vivid detail, what happens when a family is torn apart by infidelity.’
      • ‘Much of the Budget coverage will continue to examine in excruciating detail the likely difference that the chancellor's measures will mean to different types of families.’
      • ‘They talked about pedicures and shopping in excruciating detail.’
      • ‘It might be pointed out that the state already regulates, in excruciating detail, passive methods that have to be taken.’
      • ‘The affidavit is excruciating in its forensic detail.’
      • ‘He'd sit there all day through what must have been excruciating boredom.’
      • ‘As soon as I land into a boutique or department store I am struck down with a bout of excessive yawning and excruciating boredom.’
      • ‘They spelled out in excruciating detail the horrors of the past and called for zero tolerance for priests who abuse minors.’
      • ‘He came to collect her and I had to suffer another fifteen minutes of excruciating boredom as he talked at me about things I have no interest in.’
      • ‘They talked non-stop for the entire flight about their mundane jobs in excruciating detail and in annoyingly loud voices.’
      • ‘Anyway, the keynote of Major's speech was excruciating, paper napkin-chewing boredom.’
      • ‘Each product will be have to be passed around and examined by every guest in excruciating detail.’
      • ‘They narrate in excruciating detail the sordid character of life on death row and the inmates' encounters with prison guards, wardens, attorneys and others.’
      • ‘And during a work detail in excruciating heat, he discovered a water pipe from which he lapped a pitiful drop or two without sharing it with a cleric laboring nearby.’
      • ‘Instead, we now have a 60 minute animated movie that tells us the story in excruciating detail, and adds a whole new series of plot twists and machinations.’
      • ‘These are often written in stilted language that can be tough going, but such an excruciating level of detail is required to get the desired end result, Rivin said.’
      • ‘He goes into excruciating detail discussing the treatment for tuberculosis in the 1940s and Orwell's physical agonies.’