cru·​ci·​fix·​ion | \ ˌkrü-sə-ˈfik-shən How to pronounce crucifixion (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The New Testament depicts Jesus' crucifixion by Roman authorities. John Blake, CNN, 17 Apr. 2022 Good Friday commemorates the suffering, crucifixion and death of Jesus of Nazareth more than 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem. al, 15 Apr. 2022 Good Friday marks Jesus’ suffering, crucifixion and death. Jason Oliver Evans, The Conversation, 14 Apr. 2022 The Jewish holiday of Passover took place just before Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 Jesus was Jewish and had a Passover meal with his followers the day before his crucifixion on the Thursday before Easter Sunday. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2022 The observance commemorates the Last Supper, before Jesus’ crucifixion. CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 Dew began his sermon by acknowledging the devastation felt on Good Friday, which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Tatyana Turner,, 17 Apr. 2022 Ahead of this weekend's Easter Sunday, Good Friday marks the crucifixion of Jesus. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of crucifixion

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

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cru·​ci·​fix·​ion | \ ˌkrü-sə-ˈfik-shən How to pronounce crucifixion (audio) \

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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