Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun crown_of_thorns

3 senses of crown of thorns

Sense 1
cross, crown of thorns -- (any affliction that causes great suffering; "that is his cross to bear"; "he bears his afflictions like a crown of thorns")
       => affliction -- (a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity)

Sense 2
crown of thorns, Christ thorn, Christ plant, Euphorbia milii -- (somewhat climbing bushy spurge of Madagascar having long woody spiny stems with few leaves and flowers with scarlet bracts)
       => spurge -- (any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia; usually having milky often poisonous juice)

Sense 3
crown of thorns -- (a mock crown made of thorn branches that Roman soldiers placed on Jesus before the Crucifixion)
       => crown -- (a wreath or garland worn on the head to signify victory)

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