crucify

verb

cru·​ci·​fy ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce crucify (audio)
crucified; crucifying

transitive verb

1
: to put to death by nailing or binding the wrists or hands and feet to a cross
2
: to destroy the power of : mortify
crucify the flesh
3
a
: to treat cruelly : torment
b
: pillory sense 2
crucified in the press
crucifier noun

Examples of crucify in a Sentence

They crucified her in the newspapers for having an affair.
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crucify was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Crucify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crucify. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

crucify

verb
cru·​ci·​fy ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce crucify (audio)
crucified; crucifying
1
: to put to death by nailing or binding the hands and feet to a cross
2
: to treat cruelly : torture, persecute
were crucified in the newspapers
crucifier noun
Etymology

Middle English crucifien "to crucify," from early French crucifier (same meaning), from Latin crucifigere "to crucify," from cruc-, crux "cross" and figere "to fasten, fix" — related to cross, crucifix, excruciating, fix

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