excruciating

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From the verb excruciate: (⇒ conjugate)
excruciating is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ex•cru•ci•at•ing /ɪkˈskruʃiˌeɪtɪŋ/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. causing intense suffering;
    tormenting: excruciating pain.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ex•cru•ci•at•ing  (ik skro̅o̅shē ā′ting),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. extremely painful;
    causing intense suffering;
    unbearably distressing;
    torturing:an excruciating noise; excruciating pain.
  2. exceedingly elaborate or intense;
    extreme:done with excruciating care.
ex•cruci•at′ing•ly, adv. 
  • excruciate + -ing2 1655–65
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . unbearable, insufferable, unendurable, agonizing, racking.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
excruciating /ɪkˈskruːʃɪˌeɪtɪŋ/ adj
  1. unbearably painful; agonizing
  2. intense; extreme: he took excruciating pains to do it well
  3. informal irritating; trying
  4. jocular very bad: an excruciating pun

exˈcruciˌatingly adv
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ex•cru•ci•ate  (ik skro̅o̅shē āt′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -at•ed, -at•ing. 
  1. to inflict severe pain upon;
    torture:The headache excruciated him.
  2. to cause mental anguish to;
    irritate greatly.
  • Latin excruciātus, past participle of excruciāre to torment, torture, equivalent. to ex- ex-1 + cruciāre to torment, crucify (derivative of crux cross); see ate1
  • 1560–70

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
excruciate /ɪkˈskruːʃɪˌeɪt/ vb (transitive)
  1. to inflict mental suffering on; torment
  2. obsolete to inflict physical pain on; torture
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin excruciāre, from cruciāre to crucify, from crux cross

exˌcruciˈation n
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