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From Latin cruciatus.



  1. In the form of a cross; cruciform.
  2. Overlapping or crossing.
  3. (obsolete) tormented.
    • 1550, John Bale, The Image of Both Churches.
      In this life are they cruciate with a troublous and doubtfull conscience.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Sir Thomas Elyot, The Book of the Governor.
      Immediately I was so cruciate, that I desired— death to take me.

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cruciate (third-person singular simple present cruciates, present participle cruciating, simple past and past participle cruciated)

  1. (obsolete) To torture; to torment.
    • 1550, John Bale, The Image of Both Churches.
      They vexed, tormented, and cruciated the weake consciences of men.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Joseph Glanvill, on the Preexistence of Souls.
      The thus miserably cruciated spirit must needs quit its unfit habitation.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for cruciate in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)





  1. second-person plural present active imperative of cruciō