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Definitions for crucify
ˈkru səˌfaɪcru·ci·fy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crucifyverb

    kill by nailing onto a cross

    "Jesus Christ was crucified"

  2. torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrateverb

    treat cruelly

    "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"

  3. mortify, subdue, crucifyverb

    hold within limits and control

    "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh"

  4. savage, blast, pillory, crucifyverb

    criticize harshly or violently

    "The press savaged the new President"; "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"


  1. crucifyverb

    To execute (a person) by nailing to a cross.

  2. Etymology: crucefier, from crucifigo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CRUCIFYverb

    To put to death by nailing the hands and feet to a cross set upright.

    Etymology: crucifigo, Latin.

    They crucify to themselves the son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Hebr. vi. 6.

    But to the cross he nails thy enemies,
    The law that is against thee, and the sins
    Of all mankind, with him there crucify’d. John Milton, Par. Lost.


  1. crucify

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crucifyverb

    to fasten to a cross; to put to death by nailing the hands and feet to a cross or gibbet

  2. Crucifyverb

    to destroy the power or ruling influence of; to subdue completely; to mortify

  3. Crucifyverb

    to vex or torment

  4. Etymology: [F. crucifier, fr. (assumed) LL. crucificare, for crucifigere, fr, L. crux, crucis, cross + figere to fix, the ending -figere being changed to -ficare, F. -fier (in compounds), as if fr. L. facere to do, make. See Cross, and Fix, and cf. Crucifix.]


  1. Crucify

    "Crucify" is a song by American singer-songwriter and musician Tori Amos. It was released as the fifth single from her debut studio album Little Earthquakes. It was released on May 12, 1992 by Atlantic Records in North America and on June 8 by EastWest Records in the UK.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crucify

    krōō′si-fī, v.t. to put to death by fixing the hands and feet to a cross: to subdue completely: to mortify: to torment:—pa.p. cru′cified.—ns. Crucifī′er, one who crucifies; Cru′cifix, a figure or picture of Christ fixed to the cross; Crucifix′ion, death on the cross, esp. that of Christ.—adjs. Cru′ciform, in the form of a cross; Crucig′erous, bearing a cross. [O. Fr. crucifier—L. crucifigĕre, crucifixumcrux, and figĕre, to fix.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crucify in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crucify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of crucify in a Sentence

  1. Robert Jeffress:

    When Christians act violently they are acting in opposition to the teachings of their founder, Jesus Christ, they cannot cite a single verse in the New Testament that calls for violence against unbelievers. On the other hand, radical Islamists can point to a number of verses in the Koran calling for Muslims to ‘crucify the infidels.’.

  2. Thomas Carlyle:

    If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.

  3. Roger Ebert:

    Don't crucify me because of what your idea of a movie star is, i didn't start out to be a movie star. I started out to be an actor. ... You lose track of the human being behind the image of the movie star.

  4. Graziella Blatter-Bianca:

    Everyone wants to crucify him now, and no one wants to accept any more how much good he has done for soccer, especially for the advancement of women on the pitch as well as in the ranks of officialdom.

  5. President Nicolas Maduro:

    If you want, crucify me, kill me, the price is a distortion ... I think the time has come ... to do it this year. I assume the responsibility and the criticisms.

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