[ik-skroo-shee-ey-ting] /ɪkˈskru ʃiˌeɪ tɪŋ/

extremely painful; causing intense suffering; unbearably distressing; torturing:
an excruciating noise; excruciating pain.
exceedingly elaborate or intense; extreme:
done with excruciating care.
unbearably painful; agonizing
intense; extreme: he took excruciating pains to do it well
(informal) irritating; trying
(jocular) very bad: an excruciating pun

1590s, present participle adjective from excruciate. Related: Excruciatingly.


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