verb (used with object), mor·ti·fied, mor·ti·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), mor·ti·fied, mor·ti·fy·ing.
- mortise block,
- mortise chisel
Origin of mortify
Examples from the Web for mortifying
For 150 years its mortifying confusions have been swept under the carpet with the court adjudication “stubborn child.”
This of course exposed me to the mortifying risk of having my requests remain unanswered or worse, turned down.
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?|Megan McArdle|January 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Like us, their output ranges from the mundane to the mortifying.Celebrity Rants! Courtney Love, Ashley Judd & More Stars Uncensored|Lizzie Skurnick|April 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Now that he was mortifying the flesh by drinking only water, he was proportionately particular to please his appetite in eating.The Nebuly Coat|John Meade Falkner
The thought was mortifying enough; and yet, when he looked around him, he grew more satisfied with his own efforts at resistance.Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia|William Gilmore Simms
It was mortifying that their talk was English, but they were not Americans.Glimpses of Three Coasts|Helen Hunt Jackson
Omar Ben was trembling somewhat, but tried his best to conceal the mortifying fact, and presently he conquered it.A Night Out|Edward Peple
Maddened at a failure so mortifying, Mr. Hedge half regrets his marriage.City Crimes|Greenhorn
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin 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.