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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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 Both depict the crucifixion and their respective plots hinge upon the events of Holy Week (the days leading up to Easter Sunday)., "Has Catholicism Earned This "Fashion" Moment?," 3 May 2018 Friday’s reenactment of Christ’s crucifixion was the 32nd for Ruben Enaje, a 57-year-old sign painter who began his yearly rite after surviving a fall from a building. Time, "Catholic Devotees Were Nailed to Crosses for Good Friday in the Philippines," 30 Mar. 2018 And the state put Jesus to death by crucifixion, a form of execution reserved for those who dared to challenge imperial power. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018 Tiny children patter through the destruction, many having bared witness to beheadings and crucifixions. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Inside Raqqa: From ISIS 'caliphate' to crumpled city of landmines, and loss," 4 June 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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