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  • n. The crossbar of a cross used for crucifixion


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Latin patibulum ("crossbeam").


  • This reminded Brother Modestino that he had once read about a devotion to the shoulder wound of Jesus, caused by his bearing of the heavy cross beam, the patibulum, to Calvary.

    Padre Pio's Secret: His Shoulder Wound

  • Great e malefactors were nailed and tied to the patibulum or cross-piece without any sup pedaneum or foot-rest and left to suffer tortures from flies and sun, thirst and hunger.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Altera patibulum sero praeteriens, metuebat ne urbe exclusa illic pernoctaret, unde melancholica facta, per multos annos laboravit.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • In that manner the arms were securely attached to the patibulum.

    The Jesus Dynasty

  • Jesus likely wore it around his neck as he was led away, carrying the patibulum or crossbeam, to the place of execution.

    The Jesus Dynasty

  • They left the _furca_ and the _patibulum_, the axe and the rods, to great offenders: for these minor and (if I may so term them) extra-moral offences _the bent thumb_ was considered as a sufficient sign of disapprobation, -- _vertere pollicem_; as _the pressed thumb, premere pollicem_, was a mark of approving.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 67, May, 1863

  • To give a proof of his piety, he wrote the "De Cruce" (1593), in which confusion between patibulum and crux often make the conclusions debatable.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • The young man is tied to a stake, which is surmounted by a cross-beam, like a [Symbol: T], the true shape of the _patibulum cruciforme_.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

  • "Ad patibulum, ad patibulum," ( "to the gallows with him, to the gallows with him,") with great fervor, but in entire ignorance of the culprit's name or the merits of the case.

    The Rise of the Dutch Republic — Volume 13: 1567, part II

  • Such was the end of the famous councillor who had been wont to shout "ad patibulum" in his sleep.

    PG Edition of Netherlands series — Complete


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