Crucify meaning

kro͝o'sə-fī'
To put (a person) to death by nailing or binding to a cross.
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To mortify or subdue (the flesh).
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To treat cruelly; torment.

Crucified the awkward child with teasing.

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To criticize harshly; pillory.

The media crucified the politician for breaking a campaign pledge.

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To mortify (the flesh) as by asceticism.
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To be very cruel to; torment.
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To execute (a person) by nailing to a cross.
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To punish or otherwise express extreme anger at, especially as a scapegoat or target of outrage.

After his public gaffe, he was crucified in the media.

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(informal) To thoroughly beat at a sport or game.

West Ham beat Manchester City five nil - they crucified them!

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To put to death by nailing or binding to a cross and leaving to die of exposure.
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Origin of crucify

  • Middle English crucifien from Old French crucifier alteration of Latin crucifīgere crux cruc- cross fīgere to attach dhīgw- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Old French crucefier, from Latin crucifigo.
    From Wiktionary