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Verb: crucify  'kroo-su,fI
  1. Kill by nailing onto a cross
    "Jesus Christ was crucified"
     
  2. Harass persistently in cruel or annoying way
    "The children crucified the stuttering teacher";
    - torment, rag, bedevil, dun, frustrate
     
  3. Hold within limits and control
    "crucify the flesh";
    - mortify, subdue
     
  4. Criticize harshly or violently
    "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage";
    - savage, blast, pillory

Derived forms: crucified, crucifying, crucifies

Type of: beset, check, chevvy [non-standard], chevy, chivvy, chivy, contain, control, criticise [Brit], criticize, curb, damn, execute, harass, harry, hassle, hold, hold in, knock, moderate, molest, pick apart, plague, provoke, put to death

Encyclopedia: Crucify