Definition of excruciatingly in English:



  • 1To an intensely painful degree.

    ‘it stings excruciatingly’
    • ‘The ride was excruciatingly painful.’
    • ‘The alto flute is heavy and tiring to play, and any piece longer than about 10 minutes without breaks is excruciatingly painful to perform!’
    • ‘Early on during the descent, Joe broke his leg, forcing Simon to lower him down by two 150 ft. ropes, in an excruciatingly slow and painful manner for both climbers.’
    • ‘The cuts are treated with tigasso (tree oil) and are excruciatingly painful until they heal, though it is said they rarely become infected.’
    • ‘"There were days it was so excruciatingly cold that you thought that your ears were literally going to crack off the side of your head," he recalls.’
    • ‘His jaw had to be chiseled away at, literally gouged out in an excruciatingly painful operation that took almost an hour.’
    • ‘The music was loud. Excruciatingly loud.’
    • ‘"I'm guessing she died excruciatingly slowly from the bleeding, and not too long ago," he said.’
    • ‘His hands were bound excruciatingly tightly to the thick steel pole running along the back of his neck.’
    • ‘After that excruciatingly torturous dentist appointment, it's back home.’
    1. 1.1as submodifier Used to emphasize how embarrassing, awkward, or tedious something is.
      ‘the day passed excruciatingly slowly’
      ‘I was excruciatingly shy at that age’
      • ‘I'm short, skinny and have excruciatingly underdeveloped social skills.’
      • ‘The drive had been excruciatingly silent in the twenty minutes it had taken them to exit the city and venture along the main highway.’
      • ‘Although the Portuguese advance southwards was excruciatingly slow, once the cape had been rounded by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488 progress in the Indian Ocean was nothing short of spectacular.’
      • ‘When the most basic things aren't being done, or done so excruciatingly badly, it just makes me despair.’
      • ‘The hours that followed were some of the most excruciatingly frustrating I have ever experienced.’
      • ‘Peta's meetings with strangers are sometimes funny, occasionally ridiculous or excruciatingly embarrassing.’
      • ‘For a tearjerker with modest ambitions, this film is excruciatingly inept.’
      • ‘This storyline is dragged out excruciatingly.’
      • ‘To most people, science and mathematics are excruciatingly dull.’
      • ‘The poor actress overacts excruciatingly as the vengefully posh blueblood.’