cru·​ci·​fix·​ion ˌkrü-sə-ˈfik-shən How to pronounce crucifixion (audio)
capitalized : the crucifying of Christ
: the act of crucifying
: extreme and painful punishment, affliction, or suffering

Examples of crucifixion in a Sentence

the crucifixion of the rebel Spartacus
Recent Examples on the Web The film’s crucifixion scene employed actual footage from the 1961 eclipse, a rare intersection of real life and movie magic. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 31 Mar. 2024 In Christianity, an eclipse has been associated with the darkness that accompanied Jesus' crucifixion and in Islam, the passing of the Prophet Muhammad's son Ibrahim. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 The Friday before Easter is known to Catholics as Good Friday and honors the anniversary of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and death. The Arizona Republic, 1 Feb. 2024 Considered the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus died for the sins of others by crucifixion and was later laid to rest at a nearby tomb. Marina Johnson, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Mar. 2024 The Last Supper refers to the last meal Jesus ate with his disciples prior to his trial and crucifixion, around the time of the Hebrew Passover. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 21 Feb. 2024 Through Clarence, Samuel re-creates Jesus’ carrying of the cross and crucifixion with brutal effectiveness. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2024 Firefighters and emergency responders formed a human chain to protect the most precious artifacts, including the Crown of Thorns alleged to have been worn by Jesus during his crucifixion, Time reported. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 15 Dec. 2023 This ends with Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday (the celebration of Jesus' Last Supper with his Apostles) and Good Friday, on which Jesus' crucifixion is observed. Abigail Celaya, The Arizona Republic, 11 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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The first known use of crucifixion was in the 15th century

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“Crucifixion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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cru·​ci·​fix·​ion ˌkrü-sə-ˈfik-shən How to pronounce crucifixion (audio)
capitalized : the crucifying of Jesus
: an act of crucifying

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