- 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 mortifying
For 150 years its mortifying confusions have been swept under the carpet with the court adjudication “stubborn child.”Autism and Child Pornography: A Toxic Combination
August 5, 2013
This of course exposed me to the mortifying risk of having my requests remain unanswered or worse, turned down.Simon de Pury: ‘I’m Addicted to Instagram’
Simon de Pury
July 15, 2013
I'll share one that may not be the biggest lie I've ever told, but is certainly the most mortifying.Friday Forum: What's the Biggest Lie You've Ever Told?
January 18, 2013
Like us, their output ranges from the mundane to the mortifying.Celebrity Rants! Courtney Love, Ashley Judd & More Stars Uncensored
April 15, 2012
This sentence was as humiliating and mortifying as anything that could be put upon him.The Boy Life of Napoleon
A union between a musician and my daughter would be most mortifying to me.The Fifth String
John Philip Sousa
And yet how mortifying is the very suspicion of inattention and disrespect.The English Spy
She was a sensitive woman, and there was much that was mortifying in her position.Girls and Women
Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
It is easy to understand how mortifying this condition was to Hudson.Celebrated Travels and Travellers
- (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 mortifying
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.