• WordNet 3.6
    • v crucify criticize harshly or violently "The press savaged the new President","The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"
    • v crucify hold within limits and control "subdue one's appetites","mortify the flesh"
    • v crucify treat cruelly "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
    • v crucify kill by nailing onto a cross "Jesus Christ was crucified"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Although not named in the New Testament, tradition names the two thieves crucified at the same time as Jesus as Dismas and Gestas.
    • Crucify To destroy the power or ruling influence of; to subdue completely; to mortify. "They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lusts."
    • Crucify To fasten to a cross; to put to death by nailing the hands and feet to a cross or gibbet. "They cried, saying, Crucify him, cricify him."
    • Crucify To vex or torment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The two robbers crucified next to Jesus were named Dismas and Gestas.
    • crucify To put to death by nailing or otherwise affixing to a cross. See crucifixion.
    • crucify Figuratively, in Scripture, to subdue; mortify; kill; destroy the power or influence of.
    • crucify To vex; torment; excruciate.
    • crucify To put or place in the form of a cross; cross.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: After the great fire of Rome in A.D. 64, the emperor Nero ostensibly decided to lay the blame on Christians residing in the city of Rome. These he gathered together, crucified, covered in pitch (tar), and burnt alive. He walked around his gardens admiring the view.
    • v.t Crucify krōō′si-fī to put to death by fixing the hands and feet to a cross: to subdue completely: to mortify: to torment
    • pa.p Crucify cru′cified
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  • Jean Cocteau
    “If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas.”
  • Hermann Hesse
    “In each individual the spirit is made flesh, in each one the whole of creation suffers, in each one a Savior is crucified.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. crucifier, fr. (assumed) LL. crucificare, for crucifigere, fr, L. crux, crucis, cross + figere, to fix, the ending -figere, being changed to -ficare, F. -fier,in compounds), as if fr. L. facere, to do, make. See Cross, and Fix, and cf. Crucifix


In literature:

His greatest poem was written in honour of a poet whom any English Vigilance Society would have crucified.
"Books and Persons" by Arnold Bennett
Don't you remember the parable of the Prodigal Son and the words of Jesus to the men who were crucified with him?
"Gritli's Children" by Johanna Spyri
We only crucify a prophet now if he is a hundred, or two hundred or five hundred years ahead.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
He has power to crucify you daily, and yet be in honest ignorance of your tortures.
"The Seeker" by Harry Leon Wilson
What happened when Jesus was crucified?
"How to Teach Religion" by George Herbert Betts
John Flint lay prone, his arms outstretched, horribly suggestive of one crucified.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
We shall not kill you; we shall only crucify your heart .
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Will reason suffice To crucify love at the presence of sin?
"Harry" by Fanny Wheeler Hart
And when they had mocked him, they took off from him the robe, and put on him his garments, and led him away to crucify him.
"His Life" by William E. Barton, Theodore G. Soares, Sydney Strong
Crucify your Lord again?
"The Otterbein Hymnal" by Edmund S. Lorenz

In poetry:

When you ponder o'er its pages,
Think of how the Savior died,
How He suffered men's outrages,
Loved them, yet was crucified.
"A Christmas Gift (Bible)" by Frank Barbour Coffin
They crucified the Son of man,
His cause still moves the world;
They burned John Huss and yet he stands,
Before us as a pearl.
"Maceo—Cuba's Liberator" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The racks of earth and the rods
Are weak as foam on the sands;
In the heart is the prey for gods,
Who crucify hearts, not hands.
"Satia te Sanguine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
"God bless my child!" the mother cried
And caught her to her breast--
"O Lord, whose Son was crucified,
Thy precious gift is best.
"Christmas Eve" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
No matter what "end" they decide -
Quick-lime or "b'iling ile," sir?
We'll do our best when crucified
To finish off in style, sir!
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
Abide in Him, abide
In Christ the Crucified:
He liveth and was dead,
Him angel hosts adore,
He is creation's Head,
Alive for evermore.
"Abide In Him, Abide" by Horatius Bonar

In news:

Texas GOP outrage at EPA official's ' crucify ' comment grows: Abbott denounces 'radical' agenda.
Al Armendariz resigned following an outcry about his use of the word ' crucify ' to explain how the EPA enforces the law.
EPA Official Resigns Over ' Crucify ' Comment.
I was in a discussion this week over where Jesus was crucified.
Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday .
Patriarch Bartholomew, the leader of the Orthodox Christian Church, feels "crucified" living in Turkey under a government he says would like to see his nearly 2,000-year-old Patriarchate die out.
Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.
Wouldn't we crucify Romney – or Obama, for that matter – if he didn't have lists of women.
Have we changed so much that we think it is okay to crucify one of our own.
Just about everything onstage is covered in mirror tiles, even the cross on which Madonna is briefly crucified.
Tonight we have Crucified Barbara taking on P.O. D.
Patriarch Bartholomew, the leader of the Orthodox Christian Church, feels "crucified" living in Turkey under a government he says would like to see his nearly 2,000-year-old Patriarchate die out.
Patriarch Bartholomew Feels "Crucified".
EPA regulator who wanted to 'crucify' must go.
An Environmental Protection Agency regulator , who described his "philosophy" toward oil and gas companies as "crucify" them must be removed from the agency.