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Topic: DEATH

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: crucifier, from Late Latin crucifigere, from Latin crux ( CROSS2) + figere 'to fasten'

crucify

verb
     
cru‧ci‧fy past tense and past participle crucified, present participle crucifying, third person singular crucifies [transitive]
1MX to kill someone by fastening them to a cross
2 to criticize someone severely and cruelly for something they have done, especially in public
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