He mortified pearls in vinegar.
How often is the ambitious man mortified with the very praises he receives, if they do not rise so high as he thinks they ought!
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.
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