cru·​ci·​fix·​ion | \ ˌkrü-sə-ˈfik-shən \

Definition of crucifixion

1a capitalized : the crucifying of Christ
b : the act of crucifying
2 : extreme and painful punishment, affliction, or suffering

Examples of crucifixion in a Sentence

the crucifixion of the rebel Spartacus

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It was subsequently used to catch his blood at his crucifixion. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The “best” lipstick probably won’t change your life — but the search for it can," 12 Dec. 2018 The Crucifixion Miley can be seen with her arms wide, with the car seen in the video behind her, reminding viewers of the crucifixion. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "13 Hidden Easter Eggs in Miley Cyrus' New 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' Music Video That’ll Give You Chills," 30 Nov. 2018 The shape also recalled that of Jesus's crucifixion, says The Spruce, and the tradition continued in Central and Eastern Europe into the 12th century. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Those Upside-Down Christmas Trees Everyone's Flipping for Actually Go Way Back," 25 Sep. 2018 During the Last Supper, the final meal Jesus shared with his Twelve Apostles before his crucifixion, Judas was believed to be the 13th guest. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Why Do People Think the Number 13 Is Unlucky? Let's Talk About Triskaidekaphobia," 29 Aug. 2018 Today, on Easter Sunday, more than a billion people around the world will pause to recognize the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Fox News, "'Hemmer Time' podcast: Cardinal Timothy Dolan shares his Easter message with Bill Hemmer," 1 Apr. 2018 Some of those same dynamics can be seen in the crucifixion of Jesus, says David Tombs, a theologian and professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand. John Blake, CNN, "How Easter became a #MeToo moment," 30 Mar. 2018 The book makes connections between Jesus’ crucifixion and the lynching of black people in the United States. Washington Post, "James Cone, founder of black liberation theology, dies at 79," 30 Apr. 2018 And in addition to being fed the blood of victims, Spike was fed some of the show’s best lines, like an early one that involved the crucifixion, Woodstock and an acid trip. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "‘Buffy’ vampire James Marsters comes out in the daylight for Comicpalooza," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of crucifixion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of crucifixion

: an act of killing someone by nailing or tying his or her hands and feet to a cross : an act of crucifying someone

the Crucifixion : the killing of Jesus Christ on a cross


cru·​ci·​fix·​ion | \ ˌkrü-sə-ˈfik-shən \

Kids Definition of crucifixion

1 : the act of killing someone by nailing his or her feet and hands to a cross
2 capitalized : the crucifying of Jesus Christ on a cross

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