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verb cru·ci·fy \ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī\

: to kill (someone) by nailing or tying his or her hands and feet to a cross

: to criticize (someone or something) very harshly


Full Definition of CRUCIFY

transitive verb
:  to put to death by nailing or binding the wrists or hands and feet to a cross
:  to destroy the power of :  mortify <crucify the flesh>
a :  to treat cruelly :  torment
b :  pillory 2<crucified in the press>
cru·ci·fi·er \-ˌfī-ər\ noun

Examples of CRUCIFY

  1. They crucified her in the newspapers for having an affair.

Origin of CRUCIFY

Middle English crucifien, from Anglo-French crucifier, from Late Latin crucifigere
First Known Use: 14th century

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CRUCIFY Defined for Kids


verb cru·ci·fy \ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī\

Definition of CRUCIFY for Kids

:  to put to death by nailing or binding the hands and feet to a cross
:  to treat cruelly or harshly <Dishonest judges were crucified in the newspapers.>


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