Does the word ´´excruciatingly´´ have to have a negative or painful connotation?

Is it possible to use the word ¨excruciatingly¨ as an adverb meaning only extreme or intense, without meaning painful? for example, does it make sense to say something is excruciatingly fun? can this statement mean only that something is extremely or intensly fun, and not necessarity mean painfully fun, or have a negative connotation?


i believe this definition supports the possibility that the word could be used without the negative connotation:

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ex·cru·ci·at·ing (ĭk-skrōō'shē-ā'tĭng) Pronunciation Key


1: Intensely painful; agonizing.

2: Very intense or extreme: wrote with excruciating precision.

since the second definition is seperate, I think it shows that the word could be used correctly while only meaning extreme or intense, without the pain connotation.

14 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    By definition it is: "In a very painful manner."

    That seems negative to me.

  • 1 decade ago

    Saying something is excruciatingly fun is called a paradox (A paradox is a phrase that contradicts itself). It's a way of making something seem more noticeable. Although the word "excruciatingly" does have a negative connotation, it can still be used in that manner if it's with the correct wording to make things seem ironic.

  • 1 decade ago

    "excruciatingly fun" sais that what you are experiencing is painful yet fun. For example an appropriate sentence would be, "Getting a tattoo of Bugs Bunny was excruciatingly fun" So, you cannot use the term excruciating in a positive way -S

  • 4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Excruciatingly always has a painful and negative connotation.

    "Excruciatingly fun" sounds like it involves leather and chains.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Generally used, the word will mostly be seen as a negative description of something. I don't think there's any way around it.

  • 1 decade ago

    to me it has a negative connotation. excruciatingly fun seems sarcastic.

  • 1 decade ago

    excruciatingly exciting

    excruciatingly painfull

    works both ways

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is possible, but it's been associated with pain in most every context I've ever heard, so it's hard not to think of "ooooowwwwwwww," when I hear it. =/

  • 1 decade ago

    I'm pretty sure that it is only used in negative context.

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