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Synonyms for excruciation

a state of acute pain

the infliction of extremely painful punishment or suffering


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Whatever the intentions of the media which publish these photos are, they all actually make the excruciation images a public spectacle.
Today, no matter what standpoint people hold--punishing the evil and praising the goodness or humanism, they will all be shocked by the excruciation described by words.
AFTER the trauma of Trainer and the excruciation of whatever programme it was that followed in its wake, the name of which I've managed to expunge from my memory, I've always thought it best to treat racing-and betting-based TV dramas with a caution bordering on allergy.
But for sheer excruciation, it will be remembered, nevertheless.
Take the worst Christmas Day imaginable - distant relatives cracking terrible jokes, an aged aunt getting drunk on sherry, pets running amok, children being sick on too much chocolate - and you don't come close to the excruciation and embarrassment of this so-called festive comedy.
you cannot think of it or try to make it the subject of a little idea because you will hurt your box with the excruciation of it.
Which means, I suppose, that an excruciation of any art makes a response available to any other.
rearguard, that avant-garde which, finding itself humiliatingly outstripped by a culture in which acceleration has become the dominant value, began to look for ways of turning from speed or promptness, or punctuality; an art that wanted to try to stop being on time; hence musical minimalism, and especially the beautiful excruciation of Steve Reich's phase-experiments, and the rent, discontinuous fabric of the work of John Cage and Morton Feldman, the interest in processes of slow decomposition in the work of Helen Chadwick, Andy Goldsworthy, and Damien Hirst, and the confrontation with slowness of Michael Snow's Wavelength.
No doubt Baldwin here evokes one of the most excruciating - if also pleasurable - predicaments of the closet, which dictates that every move one makes gives away, with embarrassing transparency, a knowledge that one does not "have" about oneself; it is the excruciation of serving, through one's own extravagant self-betrayal, as the prop that establishes others' secure self-knowledge and self-sufficiency.
74) Yet Hugh is careful to note that it is not the co-suffering disposition that will cease to exist in the next life: "not because there will be cruelty toward another's punishment"; rather, only the situation of suffering that elicits it in the present time will cease to exist: "but because there will not be excruciation from another's misery.
To alleviate excruciation, we have choices of gas and air, pethidine, epidural, or a TENS machine which delivers electrical impulses to magic away that uncomfortable forcing-an-apple -down-your-nose feeling.
Woman with Mask is one of the cavalcade of nudes that Outerbridge created in the '30s, when he had set himself to mastering that genre and the carbro-color: process - a process godforsakenly painstaking and uncertain, demanding huge expense and 9 1/2 hours of darkroom excruciation per print.
Anyone who has achieved the least form to be sure of it, is lost to the larger excruciations.