Open main menu




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!

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit


The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.