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crucify (ˈkruːsɪˌfaɪ Pronunciation for crucify

Definitions

verb

-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

Synonyms

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= execute, put to death, nail to a cross
= pan, rubbish, ridicule, slag (off), lampoon, wipe the floor with, 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'

"There were a couple of individual mistakes for the goals, but I am not going to crucify people.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
' An emotional Mr Bacon said the media, the Liberals and the Greens were trying to `` crucify him'.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2005)
But is it right to crucify a footballer simply for taking recreational drugs?
Spiked
Certainly, our Saviour could have easily destroyed the Roman soldiers who came to crucify him.
Telushkin, Josef The Unorthodox Murder of Rabbi Moss
He did not even have to crucify thousands of them to make his point.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
I do not like what has happened but I do not want to crucify him.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
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
In this presentation Pilate refused to crucify Jesus under Roman law, and handed him over to the Jews.
Cohn-Sherbok, Dan The Crucified Jew
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

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