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excruciation

noun

  1. (pain)  a state of acute pain
    Synonyms: agony, suffering. Type of: pain
  2. (torture)  the infliction of extremely painful punishment or suffering
    Synonyms: crucifixion. Type of: torture

Etymology summary

from Latin excruciāre, from cruciāre to crucify, from crux cross
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Pain

an unpleasant feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli, such as stubbing a toe, burning a finger, putting alcohol on a cut, and bumping the "funny bone". The International Association for the Study of Pain's widely used definition states:... (40 of 9766 words, 4 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

excruciation | excruciate | agony [synonym, sense-specific] | torment [synonym, sense-specific] | torture [synonym, sense-specific]

a state of severe pain; agony | the act of inflicting extreme pain | to inflict mental suffering on; torment | [obsolete] to inflict physical pain on; ... (24 of 290 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

excruciate | excruciated [past tense] | excruciating [present participle] | excruciates [3rd-person singular present] | excruciation [noun, related]

To inflict severe pain on; torture. | To inflict great mental distress on. (12 of 40 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

excruciate | excruciated [past tense] | excruciating [present participle] | excruciation [noun, related]

to cause intense bodily pain to; torture | to subject to mental anguish; torment (13 of 40 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

excruciation

the act of excruciating. | the state of being excruciated. | an instance of this; torture. (14 of 22 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/excruciation

Wiktionary:

excruciation | excruciations [plural]

Some excruciating pain. (3 of 4 words)

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Etymology reference

Collins Dictionary:

excruciation | excruciate

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin excruciāre, from cruciāre to crucify, from crux cross

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/excruciation

Audio references

the Free Dictionary:

Excruciation

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Excruciation"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Excruciation"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

excruciation

Audio: North American pronunciation of "excruciation"

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