Excruciate definition

ĭk-skro͝oshē-āt
To inflict severe pain on; torture.
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To cause intense bodily pain to; torture.
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To subject to mental anguish; torment.
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To inflict intense pain or mental distress on (someone); to torture.
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(obsolete) Excruciated; tortured.
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To inflict great mental distress on.
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Origin of excruciate

  • Latin excruciāre excruciāt- ex- intensive pref. ex– cruciāre to crucify, torture (from crux cruc- cross)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare, from ex- + cruciare, from cruc-, crux cross - to work against; oppose.

    From Wiktionary