from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To inflict severe pain on; torture.
- transitive v. To inflict great mental distress on.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to inflict intense pain or mental distress on (someone); to torture
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Excruciated; tortured.
- transitive v. To inflict agonizing pain upon; to torture; to torment greatly; to rack.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To torture; torment; inflict very severe pain upon, as if by crucifying: as, to excruciate the feelings.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. torment emotionally or mentally
- v. subject to torture
Latin excruciāre, excruciāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + cruciāre, to crucify, torture (from crux, cruc-, cross).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare, from ex- + cruciare, from cruc-, crux cross - to work against; oppose. esp. to incite reaction. (Wiktionary)