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crown of thorns

Definitions of crown of thorns
  1. noun
    a mock crown made of thorn branches that Roman soldiers placed on Jesus before the Crucifixion
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    crown
    a wreath or garland worn on the head to signify victory
  2. noun
    any affliction that causes great suffering
    “he bears his afflictions like a crown of thorns
    synonyms: cross
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    affliction
    a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity
  3. noun
    somewhat climbing bushy spurge of Madagascar having long woody spiny stems with few leaves and flowers with scarlet bracts
    synonyms: Christ plant, Christ thorn, Euphorbia milii
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    spurge
    any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia; usually having milky often poisonous juice
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