To mortify is to shame or humiliate, or to practice self-denial.verb
- When you make a fool of someone in public and embarrass him, this is an example of a time when you mortify him.
- When you deny yourself a special pleasure as part of a religious fast, this is an example of a way to mortify yourself.
- to punish (one's body) or control (one's physical desires and passions) by self-denial, fasting, etc., as a means of religious or ascetic discipline
- to cause to feel shame, humiliation, chagrin, etc.; injure the pride or self-respect of
- Now Rare to cause (body tissue) to decay or become gangrenous
- to destroy the vitality or vigor of
Origin: ME mortifien < OFr mortifier < LL(Ec) mortificare, to kill, destroy < L mors, death (see mortal) + facere, to make, do
- to practice mortification (sense )
- Now Rare to decay or become gangrenous
- mortifier noun
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verb mor·ti·fied, mor·ti·fy·ing, mor·ti·fies verb, transitive
- To cause to experience shame, humiliation, or wounded pride; humiliate.
- To discipline (one's body and physical appetites) by self-denial or self-inflicted privation.
- To practice ascetic discipline or self-denial of the body and its appetites.
- Pathology To undergo mortification; become gangrenous or necrosed.
Origin: Middle English mortifien, to deaden, subdue, from Old French mortifier, from Latin mortificāre, to kill : mors, mort-, death; see mer- in Indo-European roots + -ficāre, -fy.
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