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crucifixion Syllabification: cru·ci·fix·ion
Pronunciation: /ˌkro͞osəˈfikSHən/

Definition of crucifixion in English:


chiefly historical
1The execution of a person by nailing or binding them to a cross.
Example sentences
  • The Romans designed the act of crucifixion to slowly execute a person through torture while humiliating him.
  • The usual crucifixion began with the victim being flogged and severely beaten.
  • In real life crucifixions, the nail was placed between the radius and ulna bones of the forearm, with a plate of wood set between the head of the nail and the flesh to secure it further.
1.1 (the Crucifixion) The killing of Jesus Christ by crucifixion.
1.2 (Crucifixion) [in singular] An artistic representation or musical composition based on the Crucifixion.
Example sentences
  • Grunewald's Crucifixion becomes a symbol of Germany's agony, the Passion it suffered as a consequence of its defeat in World War I.
  • Each of the three movements ‘depicts’ an episode in the life of Christ: Nativity, Crucifixion and Resurrection.
  • The choir will be singing Crucifixion, by Stainer, and anybody interested in joining in can go along to the rehearsal at 2pm on the same day.


Late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin crucifixio(n-), from the verb crucifigere (see crucify).

Words that rhyme with crucifixion

addiction, affliction, benediction, constriction, conviction, depiction, dereliction, diction, eviction, fiction, friction, infliction, interdiction, jurisdiction, malediction, restriction, transfixion, valediction
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