cru·​ci·​fy | \ ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce crucify (audio) \
crucified; crucifying

Definition of crucify

transitive verb

1 : to put to death by nailing or binding the wrists or hands and feet to a cross
2 : to destroy the power of : mortify crucify the flesh
3a : to treat cruelly : torment
b : pillory sense 2 crucified in the press

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crucifier \ ˈkrü-​sə-​ˌfī-​ər How to pronounce crucifier (audio) \ noun

Examples of crucify in a Sentence

They crucified her in the newspapers for having an affair.
Recent Examples on the Web Jesus was crucified in the prequel to A.D., The Bible Continues, but mounted a huge comeback in the first episode of the new show. Gogo Lidz, Newsweek, "The Resurrection Will Not Be Televised: 15 Ways to Bring TV Characters Back From the Dead," 29 Apr. 2015 Friday also comes into play in this example because Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Andrea Wurzburger,, "Spooky Season Has Arrived: Here's Why This Friday the 13th Is About to Be the Spookiest Yet!," 13 Sep. 2019 The exhibit featured hundreds of Barbies, some of them crucified on pink crosses and others posed as if being marched into ovens. Sam Sokol,, "Burning Man festival features Holocaust camp-themed Barbie exhibit," 10 Sep. 2019 The slaves were duly vanquished, and the remaining survivors also crucified. Andrea Frediani, National Geographic, "Money was not enough for Crassus, the richest man in Rome," 11 June 2019 For example, if a female mispronounces a player’s last name on the radio or TV, people will crucify her when guys do it all the time. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Bonnie-Jill Laflin Q&A: I can ‘hang with the big boys’," 5 Aug. 2019 Google’s James Damore was crucified for explaining that 80 percent of the company’s tech employees were men because women’s psychological temperament is less suited to the tech industry. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Fifty-Fifty Follies," 10 June 2019 Wittgenstein posed the question: Why did one crucifixion captivate the world for two thousand years, while tens of thousands of other people crucified by the Romans remain utterly forgotten? Avishai Margalit, The New York Review of Books, "The Exemplary Pogrom," 23 May 2019 The difference: Britney was crucified for showing weakness back then while Ally is applauded. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "From Teen Spirit to A Star Is Born: What's With All the Movies About Pop Stars?," 19 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of crucify

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crucify

Middle English crucifien, from Anglo-French crucifier, from Late Latin crucifigere

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English Language Learners Definition of crucify

: to kill (someone) by nailing or tying his or her hands and feet to a cross
informal : to criticize (someone or something) very harshly


cru·​ci·​fy | \ ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce crucify (audio) \
crucified; crucifying

Kids Definition of crucify

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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