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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In July 2017, an 18th-century crucifix was also found near the location, according to MLive. Fox News, "Ornate colonial era musket part discovered in Michigan," 1 Aug. 2019 In fact, they are directed upward to a fleetly sketched, apparitional image of a crucifix seen in profile. New York Times, "What Leonardo da Vinci Couldn’t Finish," 11 July 2019 Zanele Muholi, based in South Africa, is represented by a pair of 2015 self-portraits, including a photomural that exaggerates the blackness of her skin, contrasting with beaded necklaces and crucifixes, as a form of defiant affirmation and pride. Steven Litt,, "Transformer Station’s “I Sing the Body’’ surveys photographic interpretation of the human form," 14 July 2019 While other attendees rocked crucifixes and headpieces, Waithe didn't shy away from the Catholic Church's controversial relationship with the gay community. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Lena Waithe celebrates LGBTQ pride with rainbow cape on Met Gala carpet," 7 May 2018 White had carried three religious artifacts with him on that walk—a star of David, a crucifix, and a Saint Christopher medallion—and had expressed a desire to one day carry a Bible to the moon. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Spaceflight and Spirituality, a Complicated Relationship," 16 July 2019 Here, flanking the altar with its fabulous twisted green columns, is a curious painting of Santo Saverio kneeling beside the sea as a crab offers him his long-missing crucifix in its claws. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, "Discover Italy’s most delicious secret," 11 July 2019 Shevchenko gets a crucifix and then looks for an Americana submission at the close but Eye gets out. Todd Martin,, "UFC 238 live updates: Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes," 8 June 2019 When he was sworn into office last June, there was no bible or crucifix in sight—a striking break with Spanish tradition, and a testament to Sánchez’s commitment to the separation of church and state. Omar G. Encarnación, The New York Review of Books, "Will Spain Be the Savior of Social Democracy in Europe?," 28 May 2019

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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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