Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb crucify

4 senses of crucify

Sense 1
crucify -- (kill by nailing onto a cross; "Jesus Christ was crucified")
       => execute, put to death -- (kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment; "In some states, criminals are executed")

Sense 2
torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate -- (treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher")
       => harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke -- (annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers")

Sense 3
mortify, subdue, crucify -- (hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh")
       => control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate -- (lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger")

Sense 4
savage, blast, pillory, crucify -- (criticize harshly or violently; "The press savaged the new President"; "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage")
       => knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart -- (find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free")

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