Pronunciation: (krOO"su-fik'shun), [key]
1. the act of crucifying.
2. the state of being crucified.
3. (cap.) the death of Jesus upon the Cross.
4. a picture or other representation of this.
5. severe and unjust punishment or suffering; persecution.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.