Simple Definition of crucify
: to kill (someone) by nailing or tying his or her hands and feet to a cross
: to criticize (someone or something) very harshly
Examples of crucify in a sentence
They crucified her in the newspapers for having an affair.
Origin and Etymology of crucify
Middle English crucifien, from Anglo-French crucifier, from Late Latin crucifigere
First Known Use: 14th century
CRUCIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of crucify for Students
1 : to put to death by nailing or binding the hands and feet to a cross
2 : to treat cruelly or harshly <Dishonest judges were crucified in the newspapers.>
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