crucifixion (plural crucifixions)
- An execution by being nailed or tied to an upright cross and left to hang there until dead.
- Rome used crucifixions as a deterrent, and standard for the 'vilest' crimes, such as slave rebellion.
- (military, historical, colloquial) The military punishment of being tied to a fixed object, often with the limbs in a stretched position.
- (absolute use, often capitalized: The Crucifixion) The death on the Cross of Christ.
- (figuratively) An ordeal, terrible, especially malicious treatment imposed upon someone.
- The suspects' hostile interrogation amounted to a public crucifixion.
execution by being nailed or tied to an upright cross
death of Christ on cross
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crucifixion f (plural crucifixions)
- A crucifixion, death on the cross; terrible treatment
- “crucifixion” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).