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Synonyms for excruciation

a state of acute pain

the infliction of extremely painful punishment or suffering


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My reaction, reading the book, was quite different: exasperation, sometimes to the point of excruciation.
The answer seems to be clear: It is because the terrorists want more people to see the photos and make their violence and excruciation a public spectacle so as to produce an atmosphere of terror.
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.
He quotes Greenberg's own phrase "the excruciation of the present" to explain: "We're being told every day to prepare ourselves for the possibility our lives could end very violently and suddenly.
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.
Poor old Henry James (glimpsed at a dinner-party walk-on in In America as a "fattish, wordy, manifestly brilliant man") was relegated to the corridors of Camp back in 1964 for his "quality of excruciation.
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.
But in its excruciation as National Poetry Month, the mistake is revealed for the malevolent destruction it undoubtedly is.
Then, to cut the risk of suffering another fiscal excruciation, he set Capital Investment on a new course.
But this karaoke was memorable, not for the excruciation inicted by us, but for the remarkable and completely unexpected rendition of "Nessun Dorma" - made famous by Luciano Pavarotti and, more recently, mobile phone salesman Paul Potts.
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.