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excruciating

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Man's fear of ideas is probably the greatest dike holding back human knowledge and happiness.
Morris L. Ernst
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Etymology

Present participle of excruciate, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] excruciātus, past participle of excruciō, from ex- + cruciō "I torment".

Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /ɛkˈskruːʃiːeɪtɪŋ/, /ɪkˈskruːsiːeɪtɪŋ/
  • (US) IPA: /ɪkˈskruːʃiːeɪtɪŋ/, /ɛkˈskruːʃiːeɪtɪŋ/
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Adjective

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Positive
excruciating

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  1. Causing great pain or anguish, agonizing
    the nation's most excruciating dilemma -- W. H. Ferry (A date for this quote is being sought):
  2. Very intense; extreme

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