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Definition of 'crown of thorns'


  1. any affliction that causes great suffering; "that is his cross to bear"; "he bears his afflictions like a crown of thorns"
       Synonyms: cross
  2. 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
  3. a mock crown made of thorn branches that Roman soldiers placed on Jesus before the Crucifixion

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