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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Prisoners were beheaded, burned alive and crucified. The Economist, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, is dead," 27 Oct. 2019 Some people crucified his current players and staff, all innocent of wrongdoing. Ross Dellenger,, "Matt Rhule's Texas Immersion Is at the Heart of Baylor's On-Field Turnaround," 3 Oct. 2019 Jesus knew that soon He would be crucified and die. The Rev. Mike Taylor,, "Taylor: Now more than ever, we need the Comforter in our lives," 27 Sep. 2019 Jesus was crucified in the prequel to A.D., The Bible Continues, but mounted a huge comeback in the first episode of the new show. Gogo Lidz, Newsweek, "The Resurrection Will Not Be Televised: 15 Ways to Bring TV Characters Back From the Dead," 29 Apr. 2015 Friday also comes into play in this example because Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Andrea Wurzburger,, "Spooky Season Has Arrived: Here's Why This Friday the 13th Is About to Be the Spookiest Yet!," 13 Sep. 2019 The exhibit featured hundreds of Barbies, some of them crucified on pink crosses and others posed as if being marched into ovens. Sam Sokol,, "Burning Man festival features Holocaust camp-themed Barbie exhibit," 10 Sep. 2019 The slaves were duly vanquished, and the remaining survivors also crucified. Andrea Frediani, National Geographic, "Money was not enough for Crassus, the richest man in Rome," 11 June 2019 For example, if a female mispronounces a player’s last name on the radio or TV, people will crucify her when guys do it all the time. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Bonnie-Jill Laflin Q&A: I can ‘hang with the big boys’," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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17 Nov 2019

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“Crucify.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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
informal : to criticize (someone or something) very harshly


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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