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English definition of “crucify”

crucify

verb [T]     /ˈkruːsɪfaɪ/
KILL in the past, to fasten someone to a cross and leave them to dieDeath penaltiesPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
CRITICIZE informal to criticize someone or something in a cruel and damaging way: [often passive] The film has been crucified by the media.Chastising and rebukingDisapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
(Definition of crucify verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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