cru·​ci·​fy | \ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī \
crucified; crucifying

Definition of crucify 

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

3a : to treat cruelly : torment

b : pillory sense 2 crucified in the press

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Other Words from crucify

crucifier \ ˈkrü-​sə-​ˌfī-​ər \ noun

Examples of crucify in a Sentence

They crucified her in the newspapers for having an affair.

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These left wing loons crucified and slandered him over words that offended them. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Conservative Missouri radio host loses top show after Parkland tweet, angering fans | The Kansas City Star," 11 Apr. 2018 Had the negotiations with Booker fallen apart because of a low-ball offer or had Phoenix asked Booker to put off the extension for a year, fans would have crucified the organization for not being committed to winning. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Suns, Devin Booker both benefit from five-year, $158 million deal," 8 July 2018 He was politically crucified and exiled, but vindicated in the end as Municipal Light and Power - now Cleveland Public Power - has generally been considered a boon to the city., "What the candidates for governor want you to know -- and what they don't," 27 Mar. 2018 The monk' palms had bled inexplicably for decades like the wounds of crucified Jesus. Fox News, "Pope goes to Italy's south to honor popular saint, Padre Pio," 17 Mar. 2018 Police found Geneva Gomez, 33, lying inside her mother’s Oklahoma City home with her arms spread out as if she had been crucified. Washington Post, "Gunman kills 3 women, wounds 3 officers in 14-hour standoff," 6 Mar. 2018 The church is revered as the site where Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Washington Post, "Church of the Holy Sepulchre to reopen after tax spat," 27 Feb. 2018 In the days and weeks after the finale aired, he was digitally crucified on Twitter. Rebecca Nelson, GQ, "The Most Hated Bachelor in America Explains Himself," 27 May 2018 Christ is crucified when thousands of babies worldwide are destroyed every day in the womb. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Crucifixion still happening in the world today," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of crucify

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crucify

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

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English Language Learners Definition of crucify

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

: to criticize (someone or something) very harshly


cru·​ci·​fy | \ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī \
crucified; crucifying

Kids Definition of crucify

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

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

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