crucifix

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n crucifix a gymnastic exercise performed on the rings when the gymnast supports himself with both arms extended horizontally
    • n crucifix representation of the cross on which Jesus died
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crucifix A representation in art of the figure of Christ upon the cross; esp., the sculptured figure affixed to a real cross of wood, ivory, metal, or the like, used by the Roman Catholics in their devotions. "The cross, too, by degrees, become the crucifix .""And kissing oft her crucifix ,
      Unto the block she drew."
    • Crucifix The cross or religion of Christ.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crucifix A cross, or representation of a cross, with the crucified figure of Christ upon it. Crosses with a representation of the crucified Christ seem not to have been made previous to the ninth century; upon those made for similar purposes before this date is painted or carved at the intersection of the arms of the cross the Lamb with or without the crossed flag, the sacred monogram, or some other emblem. Byzantine crucifixes of bronze exist of as early date as the tenth century, in which the flat surface of the cross is decorated with enamel, having the sun and moon as emblematic of creation witnessing the crucifixion; in these the body of Christ is generally partly clothed with a garment indicated in colored enamel. Crucifixes are used in many ways in the devotions and ceremonies of the Roman Catholic Church, being conspicuously displayed in religious houses and other situations, and worn upon the person by ecclesiastics and others.
    • n crucifix The cross of Christ; hence, the religion of Christ.
    • crucifix To crucify.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Crucifix a figure or picture of Christ fixed to the cross
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. crucifix or LL,. crucifixum, fr. L. crux, crucis, cross + figere, fixum, to fix. See Cross, and Fix, and cf. Crucify
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. crucifier—L. crucifigĕre, crucifixumcrux, and figĕre, to fix.

Usage

In literature:

A tiny crucifix was placed upon it, and the young priest robed himself there in sight of the whole congregation.
"The Land of the Black Mountain" by Reginald Wyon
Yonder kneels an emaciated figure, before a yet more emaciated crucifix.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The Abbot thrust forward his crucifix.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
She lifted from the box an old silver crucifix.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
He holds the crucifix and the book of rules.
"Donatello" by David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
They walked inland across the difficult sands, the Jew carrying the crucifix jealously.
"Tales of the Chesapeake" by George Alfred Townsend
Opposite the door, there was a simple wooden crucifix, and the stretched-out arms seemed to bid us welcome.
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
In Bologna is an interesting crucifix probably carved in the eighth or ninth century.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
The death agony at once set in, and in his agony he asked for a crucifix.
"Fighting France" by Stephane Lauzanne
It was a little crucifix, made of iron.
"Fairies and Folk of Ireland" by William Henry Frost
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In poetry:

On the bow stood Bishop Sigurd,
In his robes, as one transfigured,
And the Crucifix he planted
High amid the rain and mist.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XI. -- Bishop Sigurd At " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
He raised a little cross of sticks,
Pansies, forget-me-nots, amid;
Over him the gaunt Crucifix
Shed comfort -- or he thought it did.
"The Vision" by Katharine Tynan
The Crucifix was on my breast;
I pressed the nails against my side;
And unto Him, Who knew no rest
For thirty years, I turned and cried:
"Methought, through many years and lands," by Digby Mackworth Dolben
"And he told not how he left the cave
When that dreadful sacrifice was o'er;
But some have thought he was preserv'd
By the crucifix he wore!
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman
And a black crucifix like a dead tree spreading wings;
Maybe a black eagle with its wings out
Left lonely in the night
In a sort of worship.
"The Red Wolf" by D H Lawrence
All done, he stretched his six foot four,
And yawning, in the dawn's pale glow,
Bent to the Crucifix once more,
Saluted ere he turned to go.
"The Vision" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

A European ruling banning crucifixes in Italian schools should be overturned, nine European governments said in an appeal Wednesday.
Italians outraged as European court rules against crucifixes .
An outdoor crucifix that used to stand at St Patrick's Church in the city of Newburgh, N.Y.
A new PETA advertisement featuring model Joanna Krupa wearing nothing but a crucifix and a seductive smile is "totally inappropriate" and exploitative of Christian symbols, critics say.
Critics Blast PETA Ad Showing Nude Joanna Krupa Holding Crucifix .
The European court of human rights has ordered Italy to pay more than $7,000 to a woman who fought for eight years to have crucifixes removed from her children's public school classrooms.
Crucifix Is Vandalized At Brooklyn Church.
Topless Ukrainian activist chainsaws crucifix (PHOTOS, VIDEO).
Go to main page News Pussy Riot solidarity: Topless Ukrainian activist chainsaws crucifix (PHOTOS, VIDEO).
Dear Senator D'Amato: Your distaste for the Andres Serrano photograph of a crucifix immersed in urine seemed clear when you ripped up the catalogue of a show that included the photo and threw the shreds on the Senate floor.
Worshippers retrieve crucifixes cast by priests.
Andres Serrano's Piss Christ, a 1987 photograph depicting a crucifix immersed in urine, still has the power to get Christian politicians up in arms, if only figuratively speaking.
Photograph of a defiled crucifix again is shoved into the public eye.
Only dismay that an object so sanctified as a crucifix (even only a plastic one) would be desecrated by urine moved some adherents of the religion of peace to call for the artist's death.
Man who lost leg when crucifix fell on him sues church for $3M.
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