Definition of crucify in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkruːsɪfʌɪ

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 Jesus
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    • 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.
    nail to a cross, hang on a cross; execute, put to death, kill, martyr
  • 1.1Cause anguish to (someone): she’d been crucified by his departure
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    • He was crucifying people who were recently widowed in a most horrific way, people who were still in the grips of devastation.
    devastate, crush, shatter, hurt deeply, wound, pain, distress, harrow, agonize, mortify, torment, torture; cause agony to, cause suffering to, cause pain to, inflict anguish on



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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.

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