• (GA) IPA: /ˌkrusəˈfɪkʃn̩/


  1. An execution by being nailed or tied to an upright cross and left to hang there until dead.
    ''Rome used crucifixions as a deterrent, and standard for the 'vilest' crimes, such as slave rebellion.
    1. (absolute use, often capitalized: The Crucifixion) The death on the Cross of Christ.
  2. (military, historical, colloquial) The military punishment of being tied to a fixed object, often with the limbs in a stretched position.
  3. (figuratively) An ordeal, terrible, especially malicious treatment imposed upon someone.
    ''The suspects' hostile interrogation amounted to a public crucifixion.
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