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
Fenway Park is our, to coin a word, excruciate -- something anyone who witnessed those extra-inning classics against the Yankees will instantly understand.
"You didn't excruciate my wrist so like time!" groaned Bill.
Even at this hour the swart Savoyard (_filius nullius_) issues forth on his diurnal pilgrimage, "remote, unfriended, melancholy, slow," to excruciate on his superannuated hurdy-gurdy that sublime melody, "the hundred and seventh psalm," or the plaintive sweetness of "Isabel," perhaps speculating on a breakfast for himself and Pug, somewhere between Knightsbridge and Old Brentford.
After it might have been an hour of this excruciate ecstasy the
After it might have been an hour of this excruciate ecstasy the Countess came to Rosamund's bed.
Her presence used to excruciate Osborne; but go she would upon all parties of pleasure on which she heard her young friends were bent.
The feeling of languor , which succeeds the animation of gaiety, is itself a very severe pain; and when the mind is then vacant, a thousand disappointments and vexations rush in and excruciate.
Nay, that is a cruel religion, which would excruciate hereafter those who enjoy now.
'Ignorance, density, total imbecility, is better; I would rather any day of my life sit and carve for guests -- the grossest of human trials -- a detestable dinner, than be doomed to hear some wretched fellow -- and you hear the old as well as the young -- excruciate feelings which, where they exist, cannot but be exquisitely delicate.
At times he would take it to the room behind Annie's shop, at times to the hut occupied by Hector of the Stags: there he would not excruciate his host at least, and Rob of the Angels would endure anything for his chief.
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