One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Torment (someone) physically or mentally.‘I stand back, excruciated by the possibility’
torture, afflict, harrow, plague, distress, agonize, cause agony to, cause suffering to, cause pain to, inflict anguish onView synonyms
- ‘If being in the plane was bad then the jump was excruciated.’
- ‘He puffs and winces, excruciated with chest pains - which recur horribly in joyless mid-coitus with his other woman.’
- ‘So we are invited to relish the very excesses of a Goering, to excruciate in the intellectualizing of a Speer, and to be appalled by the evidence (eyewitness, documentary, and candid-camera) presented.’
- ‘Nothing, except the lingering echo in his mind of the last thing he had heard; of that excruciated scream of someone on the ship, burning to death.’
- ‘For him, cruelty was a legitimate and necessary procedure, almost a profession of faith, and European artists showed him how to excruciate a tame local reality.’
Late 16th century: from Latin excruciat- ‘tormented’, from the verb excruciare (based on crux, cruc- ‘a cross’).
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