Mortify Definition

To cause to feel shame, humiliation, chagrin, etc.; injure the pride or self-respect of.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World

To practice mortification.

Webster's New World
To decay or become gangrenous.
Webster's New World
To cause (bodily tissue) to decay or become gangrenous.
Webster's New World

Origin of Mortify

  • Middle English mortifien to deaden, subdue from Old French mortifier from Latin mortificāre to kill mors mort- death mer- in Indo-European roots -ficāre -fy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman mortifier, Middle French mortifier, from Late Latin mortificō (“cause death"), from Latin mors (“death") + -ficō (“-fy").

    From Wiktionary

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