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 Tying in to Easter, lilies also supposedly sprouted in the Garden of Gethsemane after Jesus's crucifixion. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "Easter Colors Have a Lot of Tradition Behind Them—Here's What to Know," 24 Feb. 2021 Yet today many black leaders have lost sight of King altogether and are aiding and abetting the crucifixion of their own people. Robert L. Woodson Sr. And Joshua Mitchell, WSJ, "How the Left Hijacked Civil Rights," 15 Jan. 2021 In Mark 15:23, Jesus is offered wine with myrrh before his crucifixion, because to be a painkiller, Swenson says. Time, "Here's What History Can Tell Us About the Magi," 29 Dec. 2020 The very concept seems so removed from life in Queens, where the only sounds during this somber Holy Week, when Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus, seem to be ambulance sirens and the chirping birds of early spring. New York Times, "The Epicenter," 3 Dec. 2020 During her struggles, Sanchez-Walsh said praying the sorrowful mysteries — which recount the sufferings of Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to the crucifixion — has been particularly meaningful. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Like Joe Biden, many Catholics find the rosary to be a comfort and anchor in crisis," 24 Nov. 2020 The fears of Friday the 13th have been around for generations — some tracing its origins back to the ancient Code of Hammurabi or crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Christian beliefs. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "It's Friday the 13th. In 2020. Here's a brief history about the superstitious date and some hilarious tweets to get you through the day.," 13 Nov. 2020 There is also the fact that there were 13 people present at the Last Supper the day before Christ’s crucifixion. Leada Gore |, al, "Friday the 13th, 2020: It’s the last Friday the 13th of the year. Why is it considered unlucky?," 13 Nov. 2020 The path wanders among junipers, mesquite and crucifixion thorn trees, occasionally ducking into drainages and washes where spots of cottonwoods and Arizona walnut trees sink roots deep into the water table. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "New hiking trails near Sedona hint at bigger things to come. Here's how to explore them," 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of crucifixion

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

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“Crucifixion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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 killing of Jesus Christ on a cross


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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