crucifixion

noun
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

Take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, revered as the place of Jesus' crucifixion and burial and one of the pavilion's five case studies. Colleen Barry, Fox News, "Real-world debates permeate Venice Biennale on architecture," 25 May 2018 One of the most precious artifacts in Notre Dame, the Crown of Thornes, is believed to have been placed on the head of Jesus during his crucifixion. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Here Are All Of The Precious Artifacts Saved From the Notre Dame Fire," 17 Apr. 2019 On Friday, April 19, Christians across the world will commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Are Banks Open on Good Friday This Year?," 11 Mar. 2019 Homosexuality and attending anti-government rallies have previously led to crucifixions in Saudi Arabia, according to Business Insider. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Burmese man crucified in Saudi Arabia amid country's diplomatic dispute with Canada," 9 Aug. 2018 There’s the bloodthirsty crowd clamoring for crucifixion and willing to pardon Barabbas, a murderer, rather than set Jesus free. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Crucifixion still happening in the world today," 23 Mar. 2018 After his arrival in Jerusalem, celebrated with a parade of palms, Jesus embarks on a week of teaching and torture that ends in his crucifixion on Good Friday. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Palm Sunday? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 4 Mar. 2019 The holiday, which celebrates Christ's return from the grave following his crucifixion, can occur on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25. Maria Carter, Country Living, "When Is Easter and Why Does Easter Change Dates Each Year?," 7 Feb. 2019 In time, King’s followers will come to understand his death as a crucifixion. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "The Witness: Clara Ester, the Lorraine Motel and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of crucifixion

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

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crucifixion

noun

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

crucifixion

noun
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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