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excruciating


My toothache is excruciating.
  extremely painful; or tormenting emotionally or mentally
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  • My toothache is excruciating.
  • At that age it caused excruciating embarrassment.
  • Why, you have saved my life!—snatched me from a horrible and excruciating death!
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Then he understood that it must be in pain: pain so excruciating that he seemed, mysteriously, to feel it shooting through his own body.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome

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  • I move to the back of the house with excruciating slowness.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • He chopped at his sundae with his spoon and we plunged into another excruciating, razor-blades-under-the-fingernails lull in the conversation.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • The pain is excruciating.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • It may help that I decided to not make this year’s treasure hunt an excruciating forced march through my arcane personal memories.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • The thought of water is excruciating, my throat prickling with each breath.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Any sound was excruciating.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir

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  • "You must love me," she said, breath hitching as his lips traveled excruciatingly slowly along her jaw.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • At least ten excruciating minutes passed with nothing changing.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • The only thing more excruciating than the boredom of those hours was the terror of knowing that any minute they could end.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • The times he would ask her to come in, when he would close his door and sit at the corner of his desk—they were excruciating.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • It was excruciating to lie there and listen to people suffer—even if those same people had been ready to tear us limb from limb just minutes ago.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • My father came to New York, and we spent an excruciating four hours driving up to New England, where my grandparents were spending the summer.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • It was excruciating.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • I then apologized in excruciating detail about every vulgar, petty innuendo included in the song.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The pain is excruciating.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The pain was excruciating, but bearable this time.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Not a sign of the excruciating pain remained.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Studying had been positively excruciating, like trying to read while someone bangs out an annoying tune on a piano — and with fingers on the wrong keys, at that.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • She had tasted freedom, come so close to it, and nowCelaena screamed as excruciating pain shot down her back, barely heralded by the crack of the whip.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Pookie was summoned to excruciating family dinners, to stiff old-lady teas, to Queen Eula’s own beautician to do something about her eyebrows.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Volkheimer switches off the light, and Werner apprehends something excruciating held at bay there in the darkness.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • He leans in excruciatingly slowly until his lips just barely reach mine, and the anticipation of them alone is enough to paralyze me.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • It’s then that I realize that even when the hammer came down, even when the full force of the blow landed on her fingers and the pain had to be excruciating, she never made a sound.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • The eyes of the town are turning with excruciating reluctance toward the new flow and the new era.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The sound the bell made was nearly as excruciating as the White Noise, its pitch stretched and distorted by the dream.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • In fact, Wolfe so captured her imagination that she decided to have a go at Look Homeward, Angel in English, but quickly gave up that chore, which she found excruciatingly difficult.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The poison will kill him eventually, but first come the paralysis and hours of excruciating pain.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • With a bow to the judges and another, no less formal, to myself, Mr. Gowan drew himself still straighter than his normal upright posture, braced both thumbs in the waist of his breeks, and prepared with all the romanticism of his aged, gallant heart to do battle, fighting with the law’s chosen weapon of excruciating boredom.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Excruciating awareness of external stimuli and anxiety attacks.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • The silence that followed this was excruciating.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • After Hatton and I made a plan to test out my skateboarding skills that afternoon and sat through another excruciating chemistry slide show, I went to my favorite class of the day, which was study hall.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • When I came back down, he was slowly waking up out of the narcotics to the excruciating day.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • "I . " Simon paused for an excruciating moment.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • It must be excruciating, but I lost all my sympathy for Haymitch when I realized how he had deceived us.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I cross into the kitchen, forcing myself to use my foot normally even though every step is excruciating.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Throughout the test, Liesel sat with a mixture of hot anticipation and excruciating fear.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • And it was excruciating—well, painful, anyway—to twist her back that way, even if she was doing it on purpose.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Pain, excruciating at times, filled his days like a shrill and constant noise.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • And now, our son was back in excruciating pain with no end in sight.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • On the trains, I was filthy, unable to go to the bathroom for long stretches, excruciatingly hot or cold, pelted for hours by rain or hail.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The excruciating pain broke and I sweated blood.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Almost instantly the excruciating pain in his hand had diminished to the throb which was, now, all he could recall of the experience.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Harry kicked it, achieving nothing but an excruciating pain in his big toe.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • An excruciating second or two and it was over and we were released back to our mother and father.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • He gasped as excruciating pain seared through his legs, sending tears to his eyes.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • There was a gruesome and excruciating silence that threatened to endure forever.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
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