crucify

verb cru·ci·fy \ ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of crucify

crucified; crucifying
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
3 a : to treat cruelly : torment
b : pillory 2
  • crucified in the press

crucifier

play \ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī-ər\ noun

Examples of crucify in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of crucify

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


CRUCIFY Defined for English Language Learners

crucify

verb

Definition of crucify for English Language Learners

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

  • : to criticize (someone or something) very harshly


CRUCIFY Defined for Kids

crucify

verb cru·ci·fy \ ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī \

Definition of crucify for Students

crucified; crucifying
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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