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excruciating
used in Atlas Shrugged

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extremely painful—physically as from a toothache or emotionally as from embarrassment
  • Do you know the kind of skill it demands, and the years of passionate, merciless, excruciating devotion that go to acquire that skill?
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (85% in)
  • ...Boyle with the small slits of pig's eyes, the doughy face of Mr. Mowen with the eyes that scurried away from any speaker and any fact-he was seeing them go through the jerky motions of an ape performing a routine it had learned to copy by muscular habit, performing it in order to manufacture Rearden Metal, with no knowledge and no capacity to know what had taken place in the experimental laboratory of Rearden Steel through ten years of passionate devotion to an excruciating effort.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (81% in)
  • He hesitated, then she saw a faint smile that touched only his lips, not his eyes, the kind of smile with which one contemplates-with longing, bitterness and pride-a possession purchased at an excruciating cost; his eyes seemed directed, not at her, but at the girl of that time.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (39% in)

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