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[kroo-suh-fiks] /ˈkru sə fɪks/
a cross with the figure of Jesus crucified upon it.
any cross.
Gymnastics. a stunt performed on the parallel rings in which the athlete holds himself or herself rigid with arms extended horizontally from the shoulders.
Origin of crucifix
1175-1225; Middle English < Late Latin crucifīxus the crucified one (i.e., Christ), noun use of masculine of past participle of Latin crucifīgere to crucify; see fix
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[kroo-suh-fish-uh l] /ˌkru səˈfɪʃ əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • In a little time, there was a crucifix on every dusky bosom.

    A Bell's Biography Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I kissed her hands, which were holding the crucifix, and they had already turned cold.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • He looks upon the crucifix awhile and presses it to his lips.

  • What is the crucifix but that most awful of all things—the Grief of God made Visible?

    The Golden Fountain Lilian Staveley
  • "Nothing but death," said Paul, and lifting the crucifix he carried it to his lips.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Then she rolled aside, and the crucifix fell on to the floor.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for crucifix


a cross or image of a cross with a figure of Christ upon it
Word Origin
C13: from Church Latin crucifixus the crucified Christ, from crucifīgere to crucify
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Word Origin and History for crucifix

early 13c., from Old French crucefix (12c., Modern French crucifix), from Latin cruci fixus "(one) fixed to the cross" (see crucify).

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