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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: excruciate 'to cause great pain to' (16-21 centuries), from Latin excruciare, from cruciare 'to crucify', from crux 'cross'

excruciating

adjective
     
ex‧cru‧ci‧at‧ing
1MI extremely painful:
When I bend my arm, the pain is excruciating.
2 if something is excruciating, it is extremely unpleasant, for example because it is boring or embarrassing:
Helen described the events of the night before in excruciating detail.
excruciatingly adverb:
His poetry is excruciatingly bad.
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