verb (crucifies, crucifying, crucified)[with object]
- 1Put (someone) to death by nailing or binding them to a cross, especially as an ancient punishment: two thieves were crucified with JesusMore example sentences
nail to a cross; execute, put to death, kill
- Now it is well known, both from remains of victims of crucifixion and from cadaver experiments, that people were not crucified with nails through the palms.
- Christian tradition records that Andrew was crucified on an x-shaped cross.
- Some may think that Jesus' allusion to picking up our cross daily is an anachronism since he had not yet been crucified, but the cross was already well-known to the Jews as a hated Roman instrument of execution.
- 1.1Cause anguish to (someone): she’d been crucified by his departure
- 2 • informal Criticize (someone) severely and unrelentingly: our fans would crucify us if we lostMore example sentences
- Lest I be crucified by fans of the series, I get why his character is that way.
- Critical feedback isn't some vicious plot concocted to crucify you - it can be used constructively.
- In a major performance in 1983 in a prominent American city, the critic reviewing the concert crucified the entire recital.
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- As the world's other empires have collapsed, the structures have stood out ever more clearly for what they are: the vestigial remnants, not of the crucified, but of the crucifiers.
- Incidentally, who knew the Greeks were crucifiers?
- He argues that the crucifiers of Christ were not evil in crucifying Jesus.
Middle English: from Old French crucifier, from late Latin crucifigere, from Latin crux, cruc- 'cross' + figere 'fix'. Compare with crucifix.