verb (used with object), mor·ti·fied, mor·ti·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), mor·ti·fied, mor·ti·fy·ing.
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What does mortify mean?
Mortify means to humiliate or embarrass in an extreme way.
You know when you do something so unbearably embarrassing that you just want to shrivel up and die? That’s what it’s like to feel mortified. Which is fitting because the word comes from a root meaning “death.”
Things that are humiliating or extremely embarrassing can be described as mortifying. This feeling of humiliation or extreme embarrassment can be called mortification.
Mortify can also be used in a way that relates to literal death. In medical terms, to mortify is to undergo mortification—the death of one part of the body while the rest of the body is alive. This is more technically called gangrene or necrosis.
Mortify is also used (less commonly) in a religious context, in which it means to practice ascetic self-discipline with the goal of strengthening one’s will and overcoming the desire to sin. In Christianity, forms of mortification include things like fasting. In some extreme cases, especially in older times, it has included things like self-flagellation—whipping oneself.
Example: Even when I do my best not to embarrass my kids, I still end up mortifying them on most occasions.
Where does mortify come from?
The first records of the word mortify come from the second half of the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Late Latin verb mortificāre, meaning “to put to death,” from Latin mors, “death,” and the verb facere, “to do.” Mors is the root of many other death-related words, like mortal.
In a literal sense, when a part of the body mortifies, it undergoes tissue death—the death of a localized area of the body, such as due to a lack of blood supply to that part. This is never a good thing, so you can see why it’s used as a metaphor for extreme embarrassment—the kind when you feel like you’ll die from it. Some people are mortified more easily than others. One person might be mortified due to something as simple as accidentally wearing mismatched socks. For most people, though, it comes with more extreme situations, like picking your nose on a video call when you think your video is off.
The most common ways to describe such a feeling is probably with the adjectives mortified (applied to a person) and mortifying (applied to the situation).
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What are some other forms of mortify?
- mortified (past tense verb, adjective)
- morifying (continuous tense verb, adjective)
- mortifiedly (adverb)
- mortifyingly (adverb)
- mortification (noun)
- mortifier (noun)
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How is mortify used in real life?
Mortify is most commonly used figuratively in the context of feeling extreme embarrassment, especially in the form of the adjectives mortified and mortifying. It’s sometimes used in stories about such situations to be self-deprecating.
I really appreciate how Seokjin has made it his life mission to mortify Hoseok just a little every chance he gets. Test the limits of that shameless screaming persona.
— boink bros for life (@iodineus) April 26, 2020
Did I make a baseball TikTok to a Hamilton song? Yes.
Am I completely mortified at how inadept I am at TikTok all together? Also yes.
Am I proud of myself even though it will only get 12 views? Yes again.
— Madison (@madisonrosee) July 7, 2020
That mortifying moment when you think ur on the home page but it's actually someones acc and you've already liked half of their tweets -_-
— amna (@impedeobt) July 7, 2020
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Example sentences 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|DAILY BEAST
When too roughly frolicsome, he rebuked them gently, so as not to mortify them, or spoil the natural buoyancy of their character.
The last wish I have, Lieutenant, would be to mortify Mabel.The Pathfinder|James Fenimore Cooper
His spirit began thus early to mortify the body, in order to give itself without distraction to elevated contemplation.The Lives of the Saints, Volume III (of 16): March|Sabine Baring-Gould
If you mortify this faculty of the soul, it may be a great assistance to your devotion.A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females|Harvey Newcomb
Mortify the flesh, and keep it in an obedient dependence on the soul, and you will not be captivated by sloth.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)|Richard Baxter