crucify definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To put (a person) to death by nailing or binding to a cross.
    • To mortify or subdue (the flesh).
    • to take care of cruelly; torment: crucified the embarrassing son or daughter with teasing.
    • To criticize harshly; pillory: The media crucified the politician for breaking a campaign pledge.
    • To fasten to a cross; to put to demise by nailing the arms and legs to a cross or gibbet.
    • To destroy the energy or ruling impact of; to subdue entirely; to mortify.
    • To vex or torment.
  • verb:
    • To execute (an individual) by nailing to a cross.
    • To discipline or else express extreme anger at, particularly as a scapegoat or target of outrage.
    • To carefully defeat at a hobby or online game.
    • hold within restrictions and control
    • kill by nailing onto a cross
    • treat cruelly
    • criticize harshly or violently
  • others:
    • to place to death by nailing or elsewhere affixing to a cross. See crucifixion.
    • Figuratively, in Scripture, to subdue; mortify; kill; destroy the power or influence of.
    • To vex; torment; excruciate.
    • to place or devote the form of a cross; cross.

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