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English verb: crucify

1. crucify (social) kill by nailing onto a cross

SamplesJesus Christ was crucified.

ExamplesThey want to crucify the prisoners

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)execute, put to death

2. crucify (emotion) treat cruelly

SamplesThe children tormented the stuttering teacher.

Synonymsbedevil, dun, frustrate, rag, torment

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke

Narrower (hyponym)badger, beleaguer, bug, hamstring, madden, oppress, persecute, pester, tease

3. crucify (emotion) hold within limits and control

SamplesSubdue one's appetites.
Mortify the flesh.

Synonymsmortify, subdue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate

Narrower (hyponym)mortify

Entailabstain, desist, refrain

4. crucify (communication) criticize harshly or violently

SamplesThe press savaged the new President.
The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage.

Synonymsblast, pillory, savage

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart

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