Word Origin See more synonyms for crucify on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), cru·ci·fied, cru·ci·fy·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.). Origin of crucify Middle English crucifien
Anglo-French, Old French crucifier
to fix, bind fast
Related forms cru·ci·fi·er, noun un·cru·ci·fied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for crucify verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr) to put to death by crucifixion slang to defeat, ridicule, etc, totally the critics crucified his performance to treat very cruelly; torment to subdue (passion, lust, etc); mortify Derived Forms crucifier, noun Word Origin
C13: from Old French
crucifier, from Late Latin crucifīgere to crucify, to fasten to a cross, from Latin crux cross + fīgere to fasten
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Word Origin and History for crucify v.
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.
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