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Excruciate definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

EXCRU'CIATE, v.t. [L. excrucio; ex and crucio, to torment, from crux, a cross.] To torture; to torment; to inflict most severe pain on; as, to excruciate the heart or the body.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: torment emotionally or mentally [syn: torment, torture, excruciate, rack]
2: subject to torture; "The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible" [syn: torture, excruciate, torment]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare, from ex- + cruciare to crucify, from cruc-, crux cross Date: circa 1570 1. to inflict intense pain on ; torture 2. to subject to intense mental distress excruciation noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. (esp. as excruciating adj.) torment acutely (a person's senses); torture mentally. Derivatives: excruciatingly adv. excruciation n. Etymology: L excruciare excruciat- (as EX-(1), cruciare torment f. crux crucis cross)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Excruciate Ex*cru"ci*ate, a. [L. excruciatus, p. p. of excruciare to excruciate; ex out + cruciare to put to death on a cross, to torment. See Cruciate, Cross.] Excruciated; tortured. And here my heart long time excruciate. --Chapman.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Excruciate Ex*cru"ci*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Excruciated; p. pr. & vb. n. Excruciating.] To inflict agonizing pain upon; to torture; to torment greatly; to rack; as, to excruciate the heart or the body. Their thoughts, like devils, them excruciate. --Drayton.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Torture, torment, rack, agonize.



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