excruciation


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ex·cru·ci·ate

 (ĭk-skro͞o′shē-āt′)
tr.v. ex·cru·ci·at·ed, ex·cru·ci·at·ing, ex·cru·ci·ates
1. To inflict severe pain on; torture.
2. To inflict great mental distress on.

[Latin excruciāre, excruciāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + cruciāre, to crucify, torture (from crux, cruc-, cross).]

ex·cru′ci·a′tion n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.excruciation - a state of acute painexcruciation - a state of acute pain    
hurting, pain - a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder; "the patient developed severe pain and distension"
throe - severe spasm of pain; "the throes of dying"; "the throes of childbirth"
Passion of Christ, Passion - the suffering of Jesus at the Crucifixion
2.excruciation - the infliction of extremely painful punishment or suffering
torturing, torture - the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession"
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I was on the point of exclaiming--and the air of excruciation in my face would have denoted a moral face--"Don't, Juliana; for HIS sake, don't
It is possible the matter might have blown over without more excruciation if nothing else had happened.
I daresay that had the Government chosen to consult with the recognised peak body representing the bulk of Canberras community clubs, this outcome could have been achieved a lot sooner with far less excruciation.
When the marriage ended, Meyers quotes Mary McCarthy to the effect that "[Cal's madness] more than anything else has bored her for the last few years, to the point of excruciation," and asserts, "Hardwick did not view the prospect of divorce in the same way [as McCarthy], She felt Lowell's rejection would be publicly humiliating, and feared that she'd lose personal influence and literary prestige when he abandoned her.
It was memorable, not for the excruciation inflicted by my pals and I, but for the incredible rendition of Nessun Dorma - made famous by Luciano Pavarotti and, more recently, mobile phone salesman Paul Potts.
An irresistible tone balances tenderness, excruciation, and vaudeville.
In the poem I SAW by Elias Leteier from Chile we perceive this racking excruciation as death is compared to the falling of a star which is turned into 'pulp of blood and mud'.
Hell is an absolute contradiction, metaphysical schizophrenia, and its sufferings flow from the creature's existing as a living contradiction, analogous to the excruciation caused by the contradiction between an addict's healthy self-love and love of the addictive substance.
Administering a standardized test is generally straightforward to the point of excruciation.
Their drug use brings them visions and prophecies, but it also turns to excruciation once their supply runs dry and the brutal grip of their addiction threatens to consume their lives utterly.
Rather alarmingly, its head of comedy Shane Allen says: "New lows will be plumbed in teenage excruciation during this new series.