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.
Recent Examples on the Web Sue Vuchko, 52, of Canterbury, attended the protest with her family, holding an image of the Virgin Mary in one hand and a crucifix in the other. Daniela Altimari,, "A new president: Joy, relief sweep across Connecticut as Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump to become 46th U.S. president," 7 Nov. 2020 There were no other photos of sons or daughters, only a crucifix and an image of Jesus Christ hanging over the sofa. Jason Wilson, Washington Post, "During the pandemic, a lifelong travel writer takes a journey inward to reflect on what he has learned around the globe," 14 Oct. 2020 The worshipers insisted on congregating to pray at the crucifix in the local church and threatened to shoot with an arquebus – a long gun used during the Renaissance period – anyone who got in their way. Hannah Marcus, The Conversation, "Quarantine rule breakers in 17th-century Italy partied all night – and some clergy condemned the feasting," 25 Sep. 2020 The 10-minute clip opens with Altman standing solemnly in front of a crucifix. Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune, "Two renegade priests: one calls COVID sham, one says Dems face hell," 14 Sep. 2020 These words are to the Biden-Harris campaign like taking a crucifix to the soul of the possessed. Itxu Díaz, National Review, "What Burke Would Say about the Riots," 3 Sep. 2020 And hanging on a nail over the sink was a clay crucifix that her grandmother had given her. Andrea Gallo And Bryn Stole | Staff Writers,, "'Nothing like this': How Hurricane Laura's devastation has stunned Lake Charles residents," 27 Aug. 2020 While putting the crucifix together, Johnson said there was blood still moving in a couple of the syringes. Danielle Duclos, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It’s not somewhere else. It’s everywhere’: Anchorage businessowner turns needles littering his property into art piece about drug use," 6 July 2020 On Good Friday, tourists and people from both Civita and Bagnoregio gather as men march Civita’s 15th century crucifix statue to Bagnoregio and back. National Geographic, "Can tourism save Italy’s ‘Dying Town’?," 6 Feb. 2020

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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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19 Nov 2020

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“Crucifix.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crucifix

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


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Kids Definition of crucifix

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

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