Definition of crucifixion in English:

crucifixion

Line breaks: cru¦ci|fix¦ion
Pronunciation: /kruːsɪˈfɪkʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1An ancient form of execution in which a person was nailed or bound to a cross: there is little evidence that the Romans used to flog their victims before crucifixion
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    • 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: Paul appears on the scene within a year or so of the Crucifixion
  • 1.2 (Crucifixion) An artistic representation or musical composition based on the Crucifixion: Picasso’s Crucifixion of 1930
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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