crucify

verb
cru·​ci·​fy | \ ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce crucify (audio) \
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 How to pronounce crucifier (audio) \ noun

Examples of crucify in a Sentence

They crucified her in the newspapers for having an affair.

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The difference: Britney was crucified for showing weakness back then while Ally is applauded. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "From Teen Spirit to A Star Is Born: What's With All the Movies About Pop Stars?," 19 Apr. 2019 He is crucified whenever a baby is beaten and killed by a raging parent. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Crucifixion still happening in the world today," 23 Mar. 2018 Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week, in which Jesus was betrayed, tried, and crucified. Marie Milano, Country Living, "When Is Palm Sunday, and Why Does the Date Always Change?," 8 Mar. 2019 Jesus was later crucified by the Romans with crowds shouting approval, according to Gospel accounts. Greg Garrison, AL.com, "What is Palm Sunday? Five things to love about the first day of Holy Week," 25 Mar. 2018 Jesus told Moon that he was crucified before completing his mission on earth. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "What It's Like to Grow Up in a Cult," 31 Oct. 2018 Saudi Arabia crucified a Burmese man convicted of killing a woman and committing other crimes Wednesday in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, state media reported. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Burmese man crucified in Saudi Arabia amid country's diplomatic dispute with Canada," 9 Aug. 2018 Broccoli, kale and cauliflower—the types categorized as cruciferous—can crucify the flavor of a wine. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Yes, You Can Pair Wine With Vegetables," 2 Aug. 2018 Christ was crucified on Good Friday and was resurrected three days later on Easter Sunday. Staff, cleveland.com, "Comment here on cleveland.com court and crime stories for Sunday, March 25, 2018," 25 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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crucify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crucify

: to kill (someone) by nailing or tying his or her hands and feet to a cross
informal : to criticize (someone or something) very harshly

crucify

verb
cru·​ci·​fy | \ ˈkrü-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce crucify (audio) \
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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