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mortify

[mawr-tuh-fahy] /ˈmɔr təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), mortified, mortifying.
1.
to humiliate or shame, as by injury to one's pride or self-respect.
2.
to subjugate (the body, passions, etc.) by abstinence, ascetic discipline, or self-inflicted suffering.
3.
Pathology. to affect with gangrene or necrosis.
verb (used without object), mortified, mortifying.
4.
to practice mortification or disciplinary austerities.
5.
Pathology. to undergo mortification; become gangrened or necrosed.
Origin of mortify
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English mortifien < Middle French mortifier < Late Latin mortificāre to put to death, equivalent to Latin morti- (stem of mors) death + -ficāre -fy
Related forms
mortifiedly, adverb
mortifier, noun
mortifyingly, adverb
premortify, verb (used with object), premortified, premortifying.
unmortified, adjective
Synonyms
1. humble, abase. 2. subdue, restrain.
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  • I had also grown old enough to understand what they were, and how mortifying to an honorable self-respect.

  • Maddened at a failure so mortifying, Mr. Hedge half regrets his marriage.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • But he has been a most mortifying instance of the violence of human passions and of the weakness of the most exalted human reason.

  • To these circumstances he owed one of the most mortifying incidents of his career.

    Admiral Farragut A. T. Mahan
  • After a while I related my conversation with the gardener and its mortifying termination.

    Rathfelder's Hotel Annie E. Bosworth
  • And how mortifying to the stars to be outdone by such a grand illumination!

    Fairy Book Sophie May
British Dictionary definitions for mortifying

mortify

/ˈmɔːtɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(transitive) to humiliate or cause to feel shame
2.
(transitive) (Christianity) to subdue and bring under control by self-denial, disciplinary exercises, etc
3.
(intransitive) to undergo tissue death or become gangrenous
Derived Forms
mortifier, noun
mortifying, adjective
mortifyingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Church Latin mortificāre to put to death, from Latin mors death + facere to do
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Word Origin and History for mortifying

mortify

v.

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.

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mortifying in Medicine

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.

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