Fallon: Christopher Meloni is perfectly cast as a father who lives to mortify his teenage kids.
It is too ridiculous that such a girl as Thomasin could so mortify us as to get jilted on the wedding day.
The intention is, I tell you plainly, to mortify you into a sense of your duty.
In scriptural language, to subdue; to mortify; to destroy the power or ruling influence of.
But your kings do not allow so small a thing to vex or mortify them.
To such, what lesson is learned by the daily example of the nuns who mortify their flesh, fast, pray and weep?
Though I showed nothing of it, it served only to mortify me.
If ye through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
To mortify her the more, she was landed at Traitors' Stairs.
The journey through it is cheerless, melancholy, wearisome, and serveth to temper and mortify over-joyousness of thought.
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.
mortify mor·ti·fy (môr'tə-fī')
v. mor·ti·fied, mor·ti·fy·ing, mor·ti·fies
To undergo mortification; to become gangrenous or to necrotize.