- 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.).
Origin of crucify
Related Words for crucifytorment, torture, hang, excruciate, harrow, kill, persecute, martyr, rack, martyrize, bedevil, smite, afflict, ill-treat, agonize, bother, ridicule, try, lampoon, pan
- 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
Word Origin for crucify
Word Origin and History for crucify
c.1300, from Old French crucifer (12c., Modern French crucifier), from Vulgar Latin *crucificare, from Late Latin crucifigere "to fasten to a cross," from cruci, dative of Latin crux "cross" (see cross (n.)) + figere "fasten" (see fix (v.)). An ancient mode of capital punishment considered especially ignominious by the Romans. Figurative sense of "to torment" is 1620s. Related: Crucified; crucifying.