Definition of 'crown of thorns'
- any affliction that causes great suffering; "that is his cross to bear"; "he bears his afflictions like a crown of thorns"
- somewhat climbing bushy spurge of Madagascar having long woody spiny stems with few leaves and flowers with scarlet bracts
Synonyms: Christ thorn Christ plant Euphorbia milii
- a mock crown made of thorn branches that Roman soldiers placed on Jesus before the Crucifixion