To fasten to a cross; to put to death by nailing the hands and feet to a cross or gibbet.
- To put (a person) to death by nailing or binding to a cross.
- To mortify or subdue (the flesh).
- To treat cruelly; torment: crucified the awkward child with teasing.
- To criticize harshly; pillory: The media crucified the politician for breaking a campaign pledge.