- to humiliate or shame, as by injury to one's pride or self-respect.
- to subjugate (the body, passions, etc.) by abstinence, ascetic discipline, or self-inflicted suffering.
- Pathology. to affect with gangrene or necrosis.
- to practice mortification or disciplinary austerities.
- Pathology. to undergo mortification; become gangrened or necrosed.
Origin of mortify
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Examples from the Web for mortified
We can only assume that he was, as you would expect him to be, mortified by his own inability to keep his charges under control.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
I was mortified and ended up wiping the makeup off my face as soon as I got a chance.The Progressive White Guy's Guide to Privilege
September 6, 2014
Would you be mortified if someone did that to you in real life?Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel on ‘Sex Tape,’ Awkward Sexual Positions, and High-Fiving in Bed
July 14, 2014
Snowden was mortified by the reaction, said Wizner and others.Snowden’s Camp: Staged Putin Q&A Was a Screw-Up
April 21, 2014
There are many Sinhalese Buddhists who are mortified by the turn their country has taken under the Rajapaksas.What Intolerant Buddhist Monks Are Doing to Sri Lanka
April 12, 2013
He was mortified beyond expression by the idea that he had been duped.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Mr. Beaufort followed them with a mortified and slinking air.Night and Morning, Complete
He lived for the day, not cumbered and mortified by his memory.
What may not both men and women be brought to do in a mortified state?Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
The scholar was mortified and began to scold him; but the fox disappeared with a horse-laugh.The Chinese Fairy Book
- (tr) to humiliate or cause to feel shame
- (tr) Christianity to subdue and bring under control by self-denial, disciplinary exercises, etc
- (intr) to undergo tissue death or become gangrenous
Word Origin and History for mortified
"deeply humiliated," 1717, past participle adjective from mortify.
late 14c., "to kill," from Old French mortefiier "destroy, overwhelm, punish," from Late Latin mortificare "cause death, kill, put to death," literally "make dead," from mortificus "producing death," from Latin mors (genitive mortis) "death" (see mortal (adj.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Religious sense of "to subdue the flesh by abstinence and discipline" first attested early 15c. Sense of "humiliate" first recorded 1690s (cf. mortification). Related: Mortified; mortifying.
- To undergo mortification; to become gangrenous or to necrotize.