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crown of thorns

a climbing spurge, Euphorbia milii splendens, of Madagascar, having stems covered with spines.
a painful burden, as of suffering, guilt, anxiety, etc.: from the wreath of thorns placed on Jesus' head to mock Him before He was crucified. Matt. 27:29; Mark 15:17; John 19:2, 5.
Origin of crown of thorns
before 950; Middle English; Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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crown of thorns in Culture

crown of thorns definition

A mock crown, made from thorn branches, that Roman soldiers put on the head of Jesus before the Crucifixion. The soldiers also “bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’”

Note: In common usage, a “crown of thorns” may be anything that causes intense suffering: “The jailed political leader bears her afflictions like a crown of thorns.” Similar to the expression “cross to bear.” (See Crucifixion.)
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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crown of thorns in the Bible

our Lord was crowned with a, in mockery by the Romans (Matt. 27:29). The object of Pilate's guard in doing this was probably to insult, and not specially to inflict pain. There is nothing to show that the shrub thus used was, as has been supposed, the spina Christi, which could have been easily woven into a wreath. It was probably the thorny nabk, which grew abundantly round about Jerusalem, and whose flexible, pliant, and round branches could easily be platted into the form of a crown. (See THORN ØT0003642, 3.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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