crucify

crucify v

OFr < L. cricific─üre, fasten to a cross.

  1. Impale; transfix on an X-shaped structure; put to death by nailing to a T-shaped cross; suspend on a wooden post by stretching arms on a crossbar; [fig.] subject one to torture; cause one to endure the extremities of mortal experience (see Matthew 27:22-23).