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  • n. Some excruciating pain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of inflicting agonizing pain, or the state of being thus afflicted; that which excruciates; torture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of excruciating or inflicting extreme pain, or the state of being excruciated; torture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state of acute pain
  • n. the infliction of extremely painful punishment or suffering


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  • My excruciation is such that I wouldn’t even think of asking the fairer sex to coffee, let alone proposing a long-term arrangement.

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  • Frey is, we are to understand, a man of sorrows, who has undergone excruciation if not crucifixion, and has been stigmatised by his bad press.

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  • They're more interesting, though seldom compelling, in the historical sections, which are themselves more interesting for the density of detail gleaned from the novel—the shared excruciation of foot binding, the secret language with which the friends communicate, the irresolvable conflict between their love for one another and the pull of dutiful wifedom.

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  • Your excruciation will soften over the years into mere annoyance.

    The Persistence of Memory

  • After the excruciation at the centers of his palms and in the arches of his feet, after the blade between his ribs and the cracking of his clavicles, there was a period of darkness.

    Here Comes Another Lesson

  • They never met the original's level of excruciation and descended like all american shows do into the cartoon.

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  • Even when some parts of the government became uncomfortable with these methods, other parts continued it, further refining the effectiveness -- that would be the excruciation -- of our techniques.

    Michael Wolff: Torture Rules: How Much Pain and Suffering Works for You?

  • Mrs. Davis had returned with a daughter besieged by tears of frustration and excruciation, and promptly went to bed, advising her to do the same.

    Waking Up

  • A surge of need, pain and pleasure welded together, craving, and the sweet excruciation of denial, giving way, finally, inevitably, to satisfaction.


  • I woke up at 2:30am in excruciation pain and rushed to the ER to find out I have kidney stones.

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  • Members of hospital staff are conditioned to pay no heed to (nor to administer sufficient analgesics for) such excruciation.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    September 28, 2008