Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To put (a person) to death by nailing or binding to a cross.
  • transitive v. To mortify or subdue (the flesh).
  • transitive v. To treat cruelly; torment: crucified the awkward child with teasing.
  • transitive v. To criticize harshly; pillory: The media crucified the politician for breaking a campaign pledge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To execute (a person) by nailing to a cross.
  • v. To punish or otherwise express extreme anger at, especially as a scapegoat or target of outrage.
  • v. To thoroughly beat at a sport or game.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To fasten to a cross; to put to death by nailing the hands and feet to a cross or gibbet.
  • transitive v. To destroy the power or ruling influence of; to subdue completely; to mortify.
  • transitive v. To vex or torment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put to death by nailing or otherwise affixing to a cross. See crucifixion.
  • Figuratively, in Scripture, to subdue; mortify; kill; destroy the power or influence of.
  • To vex; torment; excruciate.
  • To put or place in the form of a cross; cross.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. hold within limits and control
  • v. kill by nailing onto a cross
  • v. treat cruelly
  • v. criticize harshly or violently

Etymologies

Middle English crucifien, from Old French crucifier, alteration of Latin crucifīgere : crux, cruc-, cross + fīgere, to attach; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French crucefier, from Latin crucifigo. (Wiktionary)

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