- 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 mortify
Fallon: Christopher Meloni is perfectly cast as a father who lives to mortify his teenage kids.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows
Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon
July 16, 2013
The intention is, I tell you plainly, to mortify you into a sense of your duty.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
But your kings do not allow so small a thing to vex or mortify them.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Though I showed nothing of it, it served only to mortify me.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
To mortify her the more, she was landed at Traitors' Stairs.Fox's Book of Martyrs
But she passed the matter over in silence, not caring to mortify him.The Adventures of Maya the Bee
- (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 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.