Crucify Definition

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To put to death by nailing or binding to a cross and leaving to die of exposure.
Webster's New World
To mortify (the flesh) as by asceticism.
Webster's New World
To be very cruel to; torment.
Webster's New World
To criticize harshly; pillory.
The media crucified the politician for breaking a campaign pledge.
American Heritage
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.

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

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