crucify

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verb cru·ci·fy \ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī\

Definition of crucify

crucified

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crucifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put to death by nailing or binding the wrists or hands and feet to a cross

  3. 2 :  to destroy the power of :  mortify <crucify the flesh>

  4. 3a :  to treat cruelly :  tormentb :  pillory 2 <crucified in the press>

crucifier

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Examples of crucify in a sentence

  1. They crucified her in the newspapers for having an affair.

Origin and Etymology of crucify

Middle English crucifien, from Anglo-French crucifier, from Late Latin crucifigere


First Known Use: 14th century


CRUCIFY Defined for English Language Learners

crucify

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verb cru·ci·fy \ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī\

Definition of crucify for English Language Learners

  • : to kill (someone) by nailing or tying his or her hands and feet to a cross

  • : to criticize (someone or something) very harshly


CRUCIFY Defined for Kids

crucify

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verb cru·ci·fy \ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī\

Definition of crucify for Students

crucified

crucifying

  1. 1 :  to put to death by nailing or binding the hands and feet to a cross

  2. 2 :  to treat cruelly or harshly <Dishonest judges were crucified in the newspapers.>



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