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crucifix

[kroo-suh-fiks] /ˈkru sə fɪks/
noun
1.
a cross with the figure of Jesus crucified upon it.
2.
any cross.
3.
Gymnastics. a stunt performed on the parallel rings in which the athlete holds himself or herself rigid with arms extended horizontally from the shoulders.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Late Latin crucifīxus the crucified one (i.e., Christ), noun use of masculine of past participle of Latin crucifīgere to crucify; see fix
Related forms
crucificial
[kroo-suh-fish-uh l] /ˌkru səˈfɪʃ əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • It was a small cross with a plastic crucifix hanging from it stuck into the ground near a tree.
  • He wears a silver crucifix, a symbol of newly acquired beliefs.
  • They did not feed him and they beat him with a crucifix.
  • Our parlor is never totally dark, because of the crucifix in the corner, which glows yellow-green.
  • Once he arrived and mounted the pyre, a crucifix was held up to his face.
  • Teddy sat on the edge of a couch and stared self-consciously at a crucifix and a holy picture on the wall across the room.
  • The screen between the nave and chancel, where the rood or crucifix was elevated.
  • He continued always to study at the foot of the crucifix.
  • Under his violent pains his countenance was always serene, and he kissed incessantly a crucifix which he held in his hand.
  • She was always armed with a small ivory crucifix which she hid in her hand.
British Dictionary definitions for crucifix

crucifix

/ˈkruːsɪfɪks/
noun
1.
a cross or image of a cross with a figure of Christ upon it
Word Origin
C13: from Church Latin crucifixus the crucified Christ, from crucifīgere to crucify
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Word Origin and History for crucifix
n.

early 13c., from Old French crucefix (12c., Modern French crucifix), from Latin cruci fixus "(one) fixed to the cross" (see crucify).

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