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Definitions for crucifixion
ˌkru səˈfɪk ʃəncru·ci·fix·ion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crucifixionnoun

    the act of executing by a method widespread in the ancient world; the victim's hands and feet are bound or nailed to a cross

  2. Crucifixionnoun

    the death of Jesus by crucifixion

  3. crucifixion, excruciationnoun

    the infliction of extremely painful punishment or suffering


  1. crucifixionnoun

    An execution by being nailed or tied to an upright cross and left to hang there until dead.

    Rome used crucifixions as a deterrent, and standard for the 'vilest' crimes, such as slave rebellion

  2. crucifixionnoun

    (absolute use, often capitalized: The Crucifixion) The death on the Cross of Christ.

  3. crucifixionnoun

    An ordeal, terrible, especially malicious treatment imposed upon someone

    The suspects' hostile interrogation amounted to a public crucifixion

  4. Etymology: From noun of process crucifixio, from perfect passive participle crucifixus, fixed to a cross, from prefix cruci-, + verb ficere, variant form of

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Crucifixionnoun

    The punishment of nailing to a cross.

    Etymology: from crucifixus, Latin.

    This earthquake, according to the opinion of many learned men, happened at our Saviour’s crucifixion. Joseph Addison, on Italy.


  1. Crucifixion

    Crucifixion is a method of capital punishment in which the victim is tied or nailed to a large wooden cross or beam and left to hang until eventual death from exhaustion and asphyxiation. It was used as a punishment by the Persians, Carthaginians and Romans, among others. Crucifixion has been used in parts of the world as recently as the twentieth century.The crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth is central to Christianity, and the cross (sometimes depicting Jesus nailed to it) is the main religious symbol for many Christian churches.


  1. crucifixion

    Crucifixion is a historical method of capital punishment in which the victim is tied or nailed to a large wooden cross or stake and left to hang for several days until eventual death from exhaustion and asphyxiation. It was particularly used during the Roman Empire and is most notably associated with the death of Jesus Christ in Christian tradition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crucifixionnoun

    the act of nailing or fastening a person to a cross, for the purpose of putting him to death; the use of the cross as a method of capital punishment

  2. Crucifixionnoun

    the state of one who is nailed or fastened to a cross; death upon a cross

  3. Crucifixionnoun

    intense suffering or affliction; painful trial


  1. Crucifixion

    Crucifixion is a method of deliberately slow and painful execution in which the condemned person is tied or nailed to a large wooden cross and left to hang until dead. It is principally known from antiquity, but remains in occasional use in some countries. Crucifixion was used among the Seleucids, Carthaginians, and Romans from about the 6th century BC to the 4th century AD. In the year 337, Emperor Constantine I abolished it in the Roman Empire out of veneration for Jesus Christ, the most famous victim of crucifixion. It was also used as a form of execution in Japan for criminals, inflicted also on some Christians. A crucifix is the main religious symbol for Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox churches, but most Protestant and Oriental Orthodox churches prefer to use a cross without the figure of Christ. Most crucifixes portray Jesus on a Latin cross, rather than any other shape, such as a Tau cross or a Coptic cross.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crucifixion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crucifixion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of crucifixion in a Sentence

  1. Abraham Myerson:

    Society expects man to be a passive social animal who believes like the People of the Field in "Jurgen" that "to do what you always have done" and "what is expected of you" are the twin rules of life. This, is course, is not true. The wanton crucifixion of impulses, the unnecessary blocking and frustration of the drives and urges, are an evil that reflects itself in sophistication, ennui and boredom, dissatisfaction, melancholy, fatigue, anxiety and neurosis.

  2. Frenchman Renard:

    We made mistakes in the build-up to the goal against a team that was on the back foot for most of the match and that's one of the factors that led to this crucifixion.

  3. Ernest Fremont Title:

    The New Testament makes it abundantly clear that whenever the Kingdom of God was concerned Jesus was absolutely uncompromising, even when he realized that for him personally the alternative to compromise was crucifixion.

  4. Bob Woodson Sr.:

    America is a nation of redemption, it’s like somebody only telling the story of the crucifixion and leaving out the resurrection…looking at life through the lens of Good Friday and not Easter Sunday. The left wants to define America as being all Good Friday.

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