Definition of crucifix in English:



  • A representation of a cross with a figure of Christ on it.

    ‘a large silver crucifix on a chain’
    • ‘He tried to enforce the wearing of dog collars but undermined his own argument somewhat when he confessed how he liked to wander incognito in Rome's flea markets in search of discarded chalices, crucifixes and holywater fonts.’
    • ‘They find him not as a dead Christ on a crucifix, but as a living Saviour, who is both willing and able to give them eternal life and peace with God.’
    • ‘While Luther was still hidden in the Wartburg, the first iconoclastic rioters entered his own church in Wittenberg in January 1522 to tear down and destroy the paintings, statues and above all, the crucifixes.’
    • ‘They do not even seem to allude to crucifixes or church buildings or vestments or liturgical practice.’
    • ‘The crucifix contained a piece of wood taken from the cross on which Jesus was crucified.’
    • ‘The crucifix at Cross Hills was erected as a war memorial in August 1917, its cost being met by villagers.’
    • ‘To a papist, Luther thought, the crucifix was indeed an idol, something to be venerated and bowed down to.’
    • ‘Images of black-clad Roman Catholic priests holding crucifixes and carrying bottles of holy water also spring to mind.’
    • ‘I gazed at a silver crucifix dangling on a fine chain under the pit of her throat.’
    • ‘Inside are altars, lecterns, linens, candles, crosses and crucifixes, offering plates, communion sets, and several versions of the Bible to support Protestant and Catholic Christians.’
    • ‘He nearly fainted with fear but somehow he managed to pull free and grab his silver crucifix.’
    • ‘The souvenir shops, with their olive wood crucifixes and mother of pearl nativity tableaux, are shuttered.’
    • ‘And the texts advocated that a crucifix or an image of the Crucifixion should always be in the sight of the dying person.’
    • ‘Through the 1950s and 60s, he carved crucifixes, lecterns and other features for churches across England and Wales.’
    • ‘That shift encouraged decorative artistic works like crucifixes to be affixed to the walls facing the priests and the congregation.’
    • ‘She made tabernacle doors, Stations of the Cross, crucifixes as well as other items for churches and oratories all over the country.’
    • ‘Examples of jewellery being worn other than for adornment, are necklaces such as the cross or crucifixes worn by Christians as potent religious symbols.’
    • ‘There is a modern, quiet chapel and a yet-to-be-commissioned crucifix overlooking the main entrance.’
    • ‘During the 13th century, crucifixes and images of saints and the Virgin, which had long been hung in churches or carried in procession, were located permanently on the altars with which they were associated.’
    • ‘On the very right-hand edge of the painting, the curtain is slightly pulled back to reveal a silver crucifix.’


Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin crucifixus, from Latin cruci fixus ‘fixed to a cross’. Compare with crucify.