transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to cause intense bodily pain to; torture
- to subject to mental anguish; torment
Origin of excruciatefrom Classical Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare from ex-, intensive + cruciare, to torture, crucify from crux, cross
transitive verbex·cru·ci·at·ed, ex·cru·ci·at·ing, ex·cru·ci·ates
- To inflict severe pain on; torture.
- To inflict great mental distress on.
Origin of excruciateLatin excruciāre excruciāt- ex- intensive pref. ; see ex- . cruciāre to crucify, torture ( from crux cruc- cross )
(third-person singular simple present excruciates, present participle excruciating, simple past and past participle excruciated)
(comparative more excruciate, superlative most excruciate)
- (obsolete) Excruciated; tortured.
Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare, from ex- + cruciare, from cruc-, crux cross - to work against; oppose.