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- To execute (a person) by nailing to a crucifix.
- (figurative) To punish or otherwise express extreme anger at.
Don't get into trouble with the boss - he'll crucify you.
- (figurative) To be thoroughly beaten (in a sport or game).
West Ham beat Manchester City five nil - they crucified them!
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Cru"ci*fy (-f?), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Crucified (-f?d);
p. pr. & vb. n. Crucifying.] [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.] 1. To fasten to a
cross; to put to death by nailing the hands and feet to a cross
They cried, saying, Crucify him,
Luke xxiii. 21.
2. 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.
Gal. v. 24.
3. To vex or torment. Beau. &
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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