Crucifixion

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Caravaggio-Crucifixion of Peter

Crucifixion is a form of slow and painful execution in which the victim is tied or nailed to a large wooden cross and left to hang until dead. It is principally known from antiquity, but remains in occasional use in some countries.

The crucifixion of Jesus is a central event in Christianity and the crucifix is the main religious symbol for many churches.

Ancient Greek has two verbs for crucify: ana-stauro (ἀνασταυρόω), from stauros, "stake", and apo-tumpanizo (ἀποτυμπανίζω) "crucify on a plank," together with anaskolopizo (ἀνασκολοπίζω "impale"). In earlier pre-Roman Greek texts anastauro usually means "impale."

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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
crucifixion (noun)
1.
a) capitalized the of Christ - crucifying
b) the act of crucifying
2.
extreme and painful punishment, affliction, or suffering
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