Meaning of excruciating

ex•cru•ci•at•ing

Pronunciation: (ik-skr'shē-ā"ting), [key]
— adj.
  1. extremely painful; causing intense suffering; unbearably distressing; torturing: an excruciating noise; excruciating pain.
  2. exceedingly elaborate or intense; extreme: done with excruciating care.
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