Definition of crucify
- crucify the flesh
They crucified her in the newspapers for having an affair.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to kill (someone) by nailing or tying his or her hands and feet to a cross
: to criticize (someone or something) very harshly
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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