Meaning of “crucify” in the English Dictionary

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"crucify" in British English

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crucifyverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkruː.sɪ.faɪ/ us /ˈkruː.sə.faɪ/

to kill someone by tying or fastening them with nails to a cross and leaving them there to die

informal to severely punish or damage someone or something:

He's going to crucify me when he finds out what I've done!

(Definition of “crucify” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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crucifyverb [ T ]

us /ˈkru·səˌfɑɪ/

to kill someone by tying or nailing the person to a cross

To crucify is also to criticize someone or something severely:

The media have a tendency to crucify organizations that try to do things differently.

(Definition of “crucify” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)