Definition of excruciating in US English:



  • 1Intensely painful.

    ‘excruciating back pain’
    • ‘Maybe I can prevent the excruciating pain and unbearable suffering from others in my generation.’
    • ‘She has suffered bouts of total paralysis, is constantly fatigued and is racked by regular spasms of excruciating pain.’
    • ‘The excruciating pain and pounding in his head almost drowned out the report of the gunshot.’
    • ‘But this kind of pain was so excruciating, that even my hair touching my thumb and the bedsheet touching my thumb caused me to scream.’
    • ‘The flashes of light through the window became suddenly painful, excruciating.’
    • ‘The main symptom of a slipped disc is sudden, excruciating back pain with severe back muscle spasm.’
    • ‘Needless to say, that if looks could kill, Darien would most certainly have died a painful and excruciating death.’
    • ‘A century ago, high blood pressure, pneumonia, appendicitis, and diabetes, likely meant death, often accompanied by excruciating pain.’
    • ‘I woke up after the surgery in excruciating pain.’
    • ‘One night, he experienced excruciating pain in his abdomen so intense that it radiated to his back.’
    • ‘This article was insulting to all men and women who have excruciating pain and severe loss of quality of life from osteoporosis.’
    • ‘Some claimed that he signed a deal with the devil, who had come to collect, and that after three days of excruciating pain, he fell to his hands and knees, howled like a dog, and dropped dead.’
    • ‘For those of you who lift weights, if you have a rotator cuff problem, you will find that the flat bench press or performing dips on the dipping bar, will now become exercises of excruciating pain.’
    • ‘And it felt like I was literally being torn in every direction, ripped apart, just cell-by-cell, just excruciating pain.’
    • ‘He had been in the mess drinking beer with friends when suddenly he developed severe, excruciating chest pain.’
    • ‘After enduring excruciating pain, a raging infection and almost a week in the hospital, I feel fortunate to be alive.’
    • ‘It is also, because it involves the lining of the lung, it involves one of the most sensitive parts of the body, and so most often, people with Mesothelioma suffer excruciating pain.’
    • ‘Feeling one of his ribs break, the excruciating pain became too unbearable for Fred to take.’
    • ‘A stroke in 1953 had left him with excruciating bouts of pain in his face; crippling agony could be brought on by even momentary concentration.’
    • ‘The second thing he realized was the excruciating and piercing pain that had manifested from his left thigh.’
    agonizing, extremely painful, severe, acute, intense, extreme, savage, violent, racking, searing, piercing, stabbing, raging, harrowing, tormenting, grievous
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    1. 1.1 Mentally agonizing; very embarrassing, awkward, or tedious.
      ‘excruciating boredom’
      • ‘It might be pointed out that the state already regulates, in excruciating detail, passive methods that have to be taken.’
      • ‘Anyway, the keynote of Major's speech was excruciating, paper napkin-chewing boredom.’
      • ‘Instead, we now have a 60 minute animated movie that tells us the story in excruciating detail, and adds a whole new series of plot twists and machinations.’
      • ‘He came to collect her and I had to suffer another fifteen minutes of excruciating boredom as he talked at me about things I have no interest in.’
      • ‘As soon as I land into a boutique or department store I am struck down with a bout of excessive yawning and excruciating boredom.’
      • ‘And during a work detail in excruciating heat, he discovered a water pipe from which he lapped a pitiful drop or two without sharing it with a cleric laboring nearby.’
      • ‘They spelled out in excruciating detail the horrors of the past and called for zero tolerance for priests who abuse minors.’
      • ‘Each product will be have to be passed around and examined by every guest in excruciating detail.’
      • ‘He goes into excruciating detail discussing the treatment for tuberculosis in the 1940s and Orwell's physical agonies.’
      • ‘He'd sit there all day through what must have been excruciating boredom.’
      • ‘I call it seven of the most excruciating and awkward minutes of my life.’
      • ‘These are often written in stilted language that can be tough going, but such an excruciating level of detail is required to get the desired end result, Rivin said.’
      • ‘I could start trying to entrap him now, through a long, excruciating, and possibly embarrassing process.’
      • ‘They narrate in excruciating detail the sordid character of life on death row and the inmates' encounters with prison guards, wardens, attorneys and others.’
      • ‘They talked non-stop for the entire flight about their mundane jobs in excruciating detail and in annoyingly loud voices.’
      • ‘The affidavit is excruciating in its forensic detail.’
      • ‘Farah is willing to bring out all the emotional guns to convince his readers of the horror of the situation, describing the scene in excruciating detail.’
      • ‘They talked about pedicures and shopping in excruciating detail.’
      • ‘With Open Hearts, she effectively documents, in minute, excruciating, vivid detail, what happens when a family is torn apart by infidelity.’
      • ‘Much of the Budget coverage will continue to examine in excruciating detail the likely difference that the chancellor's measures will mean to different types of families.’