verb (used with object), cru·ci·fied, cru·ci·fy·ing.
Origin of crucify
British Dictionary definitions for crucify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
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.