noun (plural cruxes or cruces /ˈkruːsiːz/)(the crux)
- This trend may continue and therein lies the crux of the issue.
- And this is the crux of the issue, the reality which is so often unmentioned.
- This gets at the crux of the issue I am raising, and I want to fundamentally disagree.
- One of the cruxes of the problems is that the funding is based on race and location, not on individual patient need.
- Royal Shakespeare Company audiences, like the company, tended to be knowledgeable about the texts, anticipating how a production might handle the cruxes.
- This was probably the first play the Folio's compositors set from such copy, which may help to explain its high percentage of misprints, errors, and cruces.
mid 17th century (denoting a representation of a cross, chiefly in crux ansata 'ankh', literally 'cross with a handle'): from Latin, literally 'cross'.
excruciating from (late 16th century):
The source of excruciate is Latin excruciare ‘to torment or torture’, which was based on crux. This meant ‘a cross’, of the kind used to crucify someone, and is the root not only of cross but also of crucial, and crux (mid 17th century). In English to excruciate someone was originally to torture them.
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