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One entry found for excruciating.
Main Entry: ex·cru·ci·at·ing
Pronunciation: ik-primarystressskrü-shemacron-secondarystressamacrt-ieng
Function: adjective
Etymology: derived from Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare "to torture," from ex- "out of, from" and cruciare "to torment, crucify," from cruc-, crux "cross" --related to CROSS, CRUCIAL, CRUCIFY
1 : causing great mental or physical pain : AGONIZING <excruciating torture> <an excruciating decision to leave>
2 : very severe <excruciating pain>
- ex·cru·ci·at·ing·ly /-ieng-lemacron/ adverb

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