crucifix

noun
cru·ci·fix | \ˈkrü-sə-ˌfiks \

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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Madonnas, priests and crucifixes appear regularly in his work. New York Times, "This Artist Foresaw Our Digital Future in a Meadow of Dandelions," 21 June 2018 Other artifacts found at the site include a colonial lock and a piece of silver In July 2017, an 18th century crucifix was also found near the location, according to MLive. James Rogers, Fox News, "Colonial era Michigan fort reveals its secrets," 3 July 2018 Churches have been lavishly restored; a large crucifix hangs over the main street. The Economist, "How a victorious Bashar al-Assad is changing Syria," 28 June 2018 No more undertakers in black suits clutching handkerchiefs, old buddies weeping in corners, telling off-color stories, nipping shots, no more covered mirrors, black dresses, skullcaps and crucifixes. Edward Hirsch, The New Yorker, "My Friends Don’t Get Buried," 16 June 2018 The editing pace quickens and thematic elements emerge in a repeating montage that includes Wojnarowicz sewing his mouth shut and a crucifix spattered with blood and crawling with ants. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Doc Talk: Prison reform, computer games, gay marriage, silent Super 8," 21 June 2018 Each of these bells features Catholic imagery, including a crucifix, Madonna and child and faces of cherubs. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Niles Village Board approves Leaning Tower bell restoration project," 4 June 2018 Three people have been arrested in Nigeria after at least two students were tied to makeshift crucifixes and flogged with horsewhips — an alleged punishment for being late. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Nigerian Students Reportedly Tied to Crosses and Flogged for Being Late to School," 18 May 2018 Lucy sat silently, chin cupped in hands, drinking in the crucifix, the candles, the flowers. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Finding ‘Me Time’ in quiet chapel," 23 Feb. 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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crucifix

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crucifix

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

crucifix

noun
cru·ci·fix | \ˈkrü-sə-ˌfiks \

Kids Definition of crucifix

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

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