American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To inflict severe pain on; torture.
- v. To inflict great mental distress on.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To torture; torment; inflict very severe pain upon, as if by crucifying: as, to excruciate the feelings.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Excruciated; tortured.
- v. To inflict agonizing pain upon; to torture; to torment greatly; to rack.
- v. torment emotionally or mentally
- v. subject to torture
- Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare, from ex- + cruciare, from cruc-, crux cross - to work against; oppose. esp. to incite reaction. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“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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