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crucify  (ˈkruːsɪˌfaɪ



-fies -fying -fied (transitive)
  1. to put to death by crucifixion
  2. (slang) to defeat, ridicule, etc, totally   ⇒ the critics crucified his performance
  3. to treat very cruelly; torment
  4. to subdue (passion, lust, etc); mortify

Derived Forms

ˈcruciˌfier  noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French crucifier, from Late Latin crucifīgere to crucify, to fasten to a cross, from Latin crux cross + fīgere to fasten


View thesaurus entry
= execute, put to death, nail to a cross
= pan (informal), rubbish (informal), ridicule, slag (off) (slang), lampoon, wipe the floor with (informal), tear to pieces

Translations for 'crucify'

  • British English: crucify If someone is crucified, they are killed by being tied or nailed to a cross and left to die. VERBHe was crucified on a diagonal cross.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: crucificar
  • Chinese: 把…钉死在十字架上把…钉釘死在十字架上
  • European Spanish: crucificar
  • French: crucifier
  • German: kreuzigen
  • Italian: crocifiggere
  • Japanese: はりつけの刑に処せられる
  • Korean: 십자가에 못 박히다
  • Portuguese: crucificar
  • Spanish: crucificar

Example Sentences Including 'crucify'

My task is to enter your wasteland and work out how you can best be cut down from your cross, not to crucify you all over again.
Howatch, Susan Ultimate Prizes
If Marlette makes the hit on Jayson, it would be exactly the breakthrough we'd need to finally crucify Pruitt.
MacNeill, Alastair The Devil's Door
Certainly, our Saviour could have easily destroyed the Roman soldiers who came to crucify him.
Telushkin, Josef The Unorthodox Murder of Rabbi Moss


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