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

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the crucifixion of the rebel Spartacus
Recent Examples on the Web Caballero said his Easter sermon will touch on how Jesus’ seeming weakness at the crucifixion was actually his greatest glory and strength. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "Houses of worship in San Antonio find ways to celebrate Easter in the age of coronavirus," 11 Apr. 2020 The holiday takes place at the end of Lent, a 40-day season of fasting and repentance that culminates in Holy Week and a commemoration of the biblical events surrounding Jesus’ persecution, crucifixion, and death. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 9 Apr. 2020 Christians honor Christ Jesus's crucifixion, which precedes his resurrection, celebrated on Easter Sunday. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: Europe’s lockdown flattens the curve," 6 Apr. 2020 God Himself sweat blood in anguish, lamenting the certain tortures of His scourging at the pillar, His crowning with thorns, and His crucifixion and death that lay in the immediate hours to come. John Hirschauer, National Review, "A God Who Suffers," 10 Apr. 2020 The event depicts Jesus Christ’s trial, anguish, crucifixion and death. Peggy O’hare,, "Passion play’s cancellation doesn’t faze faithful Catholics," 9 Apr. 2020 Francis' homily was dedicated to the biblical story of Judas betraying Jesus — a narrative Christians commemorate this week in the run-up to liturgical services marking Christ's Last Supper, crucifixion and resurrection on Easter. CBS News, "Coronavirus updates: U.S. death toll tops 14,000 as New York reports deadliest day," 8 Apr. 2020 Spoiler alert: Heston gives his all to save the world, then dies in a fountain in a posture cribbed directly from Renaissance crucifixion paintings. cleveland, "6 movies about pandemics to watch (or avoid) if you’re stuck at home," 12 Mar. 2020 In 1965, Pope Paul VI issued a Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions which, among other things, absolved Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ., "In 1858, Rowland Hussey Macy opened his first New York store at Sixth Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan.," 28 Oct. 2019

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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 26 May. 2020.

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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


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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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