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crucify

[ kroo-suh-fahy ]
/ 藞kru s蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), cru路ci路fied, cru路ci路fy路ing.
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.).
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Origin of crucify

Middle English crucifien<Anglo-French, Old French crucifier<Latin crucif墨gere, equivalent to Latin cruci- (stem of crux) cross + f墨gere to fix, bind fast

OTHER WORDS FROM crucify

cru路ci路fi路er, nounun路cru路ci路fied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for crucify

crucify
/ (藞kru藧s瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
to put to death by crucifixion
slang to defeat, ridicule, etc, totallythe critics crucified his performance
to treat very cruelly; torment
to subdue (passion, lust, etc); mortify

Derived forms of crucify

crucifier, noun

Word Origin for crucify

C13: from Old French crucifier, from Late Latin crucif墨gere to crucify, to fasten to a cross, from Latin crux cross + f墨gere to fasten
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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