cru·​ci·​fix | \ ˈkrü-sə-ˌfiks How to pronounce crucifix (audio) \

Definition of crucifix

: a representation of Christ on the cross

Examples of crucifix in a Sentence

He wears a crucifix on a chain around his neck.

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The braided leaves are placed on a crucifix on display in their home and then replaced the following year. Marie Milano, Country Living, "When Is Palm Sunday, and Why Does the Date Always Change?," 8 Mar. 2019 Before saying yes to that psychological thriller, Apple executives had a request: Please eliminate the crucifixes in the couple’s house, said people working on the project. Joe Flint, WSJ, "No Sex Please, We’re Apple: iPhone Giant Seeks TV Success on Its Own Terms," 22 Sep. 2018 Then, last week, Boczanowski built a case to hold the crucifix, protecting it from the weather, and placed it nearby. J. Harry Jones,, "Memorial pays tribute to WW II Navy air crew that died in crash on Palomar Mountain," 26 May 2018 The real crime is on the interior, where Johnson turns a crucifix—a symbol of the greatest sacrifice—into an excuse for empty formal gamesmanship. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "Arbiter of taste, enfant terrible: The best and worst of Philip Johnson," 6 Nov. 2018 There were crucifixes, lace, brooches, tall boots, capes, veils, crushed velvet, spikes, high collars, long sleeves. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Modern Woman Is Embracing Her Inner Witch," 12 Nov. 2018 Tens of thousands of faithful have been treated to gifts from the pontiff, tiny crucifixes, distributed by nuns, refugees and some of Rome's homeless and poor after the pope’s traditional Sunday appearance to pilgrims and tourists in the square. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope gives bishops more decision-making options," 18 Sep. 2018 Pandering such as state premier Markus Söder’s diktat that public buildings display crucifixes may be backfiring even with some religious voters who viewed it as a political stunt rather than a genuine expression of faith or Bavarian culture. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Bellwether in Bavaria," 10 Oct. 2018 Arnold reportedly pushed Burnett who pushed him back and that's when Arnold ripped Burnett's crucifix necklace off of his neck. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "Tom Arnold, Mark Burnett's alleged altercation under review by LAPD," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of crucifix

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crucifix

Middle English, from Late Latin crucifixus the crucified Christ, from crucifixus, past participle of crucifigere to crucify, from Latin cruc-, crux + figere to fasten — more at fix

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English Language Learners Definition of crucifix

: a model of a cross with a figure of Jesus Christ crucified on it


cru·​ci·​fix | \ ˈkrü-sə-ˌfiks How to pronounce crucifix (audio) \

Kids Definition of crucifix

: a cross with a figure representing Jesus Christ crucified on it

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