crucify definition by Webster's New World
- to put to death by nailing or binding to a cross and leaving to die of exposure
- to mortify (the flesh) as by asceticism
- to be very cruel to; torment
Origin: Middle English crucifien ; from Old French crucifier ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form crucificare ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin crucifigere ; from Classical Latin crux, cross plush figere: see fix
- crucifier noun
crucify definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb cru·ci·fied, cru·ci·fy·ing, cru·ci·fies
- To put (a person) to death by nailing or binding to a cross.
- To mortify or subdue (the flesh).
- To treat cruelly; torment: crucified the awkward child with teasing.
- To criticize harshly; pillory: The media crucified the politician for breaking a campaign pledge.
Origin: Middle English crucifien, from Old French crucifier, alteration of Latin crucifīgere : crux, cruc-, cross + fīgere, to attach; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.
- cruˈci·fiˌer noun