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.

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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 He is crucified whenever a baby is beaten and killed by a raging parent. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Crucifixion still happening in the world today," 23 Mar. 2018 Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week, in which Jesus was betrayed, tried, and crucified. Marie Milano, Country Living, "When Is Palm Sunday, and Why Does the Date Always Change?," 8 Mar. 2019 Jesus was later crucified by the Romans with crowds shouting approval, according to Gospel accounts. Greg Garrison,, "What is Palm Sunday? Five things to love about the first day of Holy Week," 25 Mar. 2018

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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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