verb (used with object), mor·ti·fied, mor·ti·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), mor·ti·fied, mor·ti·fy·ing.
Origin of mortify
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|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
British Dictionary definitions for mortify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin for mortify
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.