crucify c.1300, from O.Fr. crucifer (12c., Mod.Fr. crucifier), from V.L. *crucificare, from L.L. crucifigere "to fasten to a cross," from cruci, dat. of L. crux "cross" (see CROSS (Cf. cross)) + figere "fasten" (see FIX (Cf. fix)). An ancient mode of capital punishment considered especially ignominious by the Romans. Figurative sense of "to torment" is 1620s.

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  • crucify — [v1] execute; torture near to death excruciate, hang, harrow, kill, martyr, martyrize, nail to cross, persecute, rack, torment, torture; concept 252 Ant. exalt crucify [v2] browbeat, destroy with words afflict, agonize, bedevil, bother, harrow,… …   New thesaurus

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  • crucify — ► VERB (crucifies, crucified) 1) put (someone) to death by nailing or binding them to a cross. 2) cause anguish to. 3) informal criticize severely. ORIGIN from Latin crux cross + figere fix …   English terms dictionary

  • crucify — [kro͞o′sə fī΄] vt. crucified, crucifying [ME crucifien < OFr crucifier < VL * crucificare < LL(Ec) crucifigere < L crux, CROSS + figere: see FIX] 1. to put to death by nailing or binding to a cross and leaving to die of exposure 2. to …   English World dictionary

  • crucify — [[t]kru͟ːsɪfaɪ[/t]] crucifies, crucifying, crucified 1) VERB: usu passive If someone is crucified, they are killed by being tied or nailed to a cross and left to die. [be V ed] ...the day that Christ was crucified. 2) VERB To crucify someone… …   English dictionary

  • crucify — UK [ˈkruːsɪfaɪ] / US [ˈkrusɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms crucify : present tense I/you/we/they crucify he/she/it crucifies present participle crucifying past tense crucified past participle crucified 1) informal to criticize someone in a… …   English dictionary

  • crucify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English crucifien, from Anglo French crucifier, from Late Latin crucifigere Date: 14th century 1. to put to death by nailing or binding the wrists or hands and feet to a cross 2. to destroy the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • crucify — verb 1) two thieves were crucified with Jesus Syn: nail to a cross; execute, put to death, kill 2) she had been crucified by his boastful admission of adultery Syn: devastate, crush, shatter, cut to the quick, wound, pain …   Thesaurus of popular words

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