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English definition of “crucify”

crucify

verb [T] uk   /ˈkruː.sɪ.faɪ/ us  
to kill someone by tying or fastening them with nails to a cross and leaving them there to dieDeath penalties informal to severely punish or damage someone or something: He's going to crucify me when he finds out what I've done!Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beatingChastising and rebuking
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