verb (used with object), crucified, crucifying.
to put to death by nailing or binding the hands and feet to a cross.
to treat with gross injustice; persecute; torment; torture.
to subdue (passion, sin, etc.).

Middle English crucifien < Anglo-French, Old French crucifier < Latin crucifīgere, equivalent to Latin cruci- (stem of crux) cross + fīgere to fix, bind fast

crucifier, noun
uncrucified, adjective Unabridged
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crucify (ˈkruːsɪˌfaɪ)
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
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
[C13: from Old French crucifier, from Late Latin crucifīgere to crucify, to fasten to a cross, from Latin crux cross + fīgere to fasten]

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c.1300, from O.Fr. crucifer, from V.L. *crucificare, from L.L. crucifigere "to fasten to a cross," from cruci, dat. of L. crux "cross" + figere "fasten" (see fix). An ancient mode of capital punishment considered especially ignominious by the Romans.
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