- extremely painful; causing intense suffering; unbearably distressing; torturing: an excruciating noise; excruciating pain.
- exceedingly elaborate or intense; extreme: done with excruciating care.
verb (used with object), ex·cru·ci·at·ed, ex·cru·ci·at·ing.
- to inflict severe pain upon; torture: The headache excruciated him.
- to cause mental anguish to; irritate greatly.
- unbearably painful; agonizing
- intense; extremehe took excruciating pains to do it well
- informal irritating; trying
- jocular very badan excruciating pun
- to inflict mental suffering on; torment
- obsolete to inflict physical pain on; torture
1590s, present participle adjective from excruciate. Related: Excruciatingly.
1560s, from Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare “to torture, torment, rack, plague;” figuratively “to afflict, harass, vex, torment,” from ex- “out, thoroughly” (see ex-) + cruciare “cause pain or anguish to,” literally “crucify,” from crux (genitive crucis) “cross.”