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[kroo-suh-fahy] /ˈkru səˌfaɪ/
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.).
Origin of crucify
Middle English crucifien < Anglo-French, Old French crucifier < Latin crucifīgere, equivalent to Latin cruci- (stem of crux) cross + fīgere to fix, bind fast
Related forms
crucifier, noun
uncrucified, adjective Unabridged
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verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to put to death by crucifixion
(slang) to defeat, ridicule, etc, totally: the critics crucified his performance
to treat very cruelly; torment
to subdue (passion, lust, etc); mortify
Derived Forms
crucifier, 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
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Word Origin and History for crucify

c.1300, from Old French crucifer (12c., Modern French crucifier), from Vulgar Latin *crucificare, from Late Latin crucifigere "to fasten to a cross," from cruci, dative of Latin crux "cross" (see cross (n.)) + figere "fasten" (see fix (v.)). An ancient mode of capital punishment considered especially ignominious by the Romans. Figurative sense of "to torment" is 1620s. Related: Crucified; crucifying.

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