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Old French crucefier, from Latin crucifigo.



crucify (third-person singular simple present crucifies, present participle crucifying, simple past and past participle crucified)

  1. To execute (a person) by nailing to a cross.
  2. To punish or otherwise express extreme anger at, especially as a scapegoat or target of outrage.
    After his public gaffe, he was crucified in the media.
    • 1992, Tori Amos, Crucify (song)
      I crucify myself and nothing I do is good enough for you.
  3. (informal) To thoroughly beat at a sport or game.
    West Ham beat Manchester City five nil - they crucified them!

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