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Definition of Crucible


  1. A vessel or melting pot, composed of some very refractory substance, as clay, graphite, platinum, and used for melting and calcining substances which require a strong degree of heat, as metals, ores, etc.
  2. A hollow place at the bottom of a furnace, to receive the melted metal.
  3. A test of the most decisive kind; a severe trial; as, the crucible of affliction.

Crucible Quotations

Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
Tony Robbins

America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming!
Israel Zangwill

Men and women whose early youth was shaped in the ordeal of the Great Depression showed the values formed in that crucible when tyranny threatened a world.
Steve Buyer

If American literature has a few heroes, Miller is one of them. He refused to name names at the McCarthy hearings, and his play 'The Crucible' analysed the hearings in the context of a previous American mass psychosis, the Salem witch trials.
Jane Smiley

No, the real American has not yet arrived. He is only in the Crucible, I tell you - he will be the fusion of all races, perhaps the coming superman.
Israel Zangwill
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Crucible Translations

crucible in German is Tiegel
crucible in Spanish is crisol