Mortify Mor"ti*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mortified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mortifying}.] [OE. mortifien, F. mortifier, fr. L. mortificare; L. mors, mortis, death + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Mortal}, and {-fy}.] 1. To destroy the organic texture and vital functions of; to produce gangrene in. [1913 Webster]

2. To destroy the active powers or essential qualities of; to change by chemical action. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Quicksilver is mortified with turpentine. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

He mortified pearls in vinegar. --Hakewill. [1913 Webster]

3. To deaden by religious or other discipline, as the carnal affections, bodily appetites, or worldly desires; to bring into subjection; to abase; to humble; as, to mortify the flesh. [1913 Webster]

With fasting mortified, worn out with tears. --Harte. [1913 Webster]

Mortify thy learned lust. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

Mortify, therefore, your members which are upon the earth. --Col. iii. 5. [1913 Webster]

4. To affect with vexation, chagrin; to depress. [1913 Webster]

The news of the fatal battle of Worcester, which exceedingly mortified our expectations. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

How often is the ambitious man mortified with the very praises he receives, if they do not rise so high as he thinks they ought! --Addison. [1913 Webster]

5. To humiliate deeply, especially by injuring the pride of; to embarrass painfully; to humble; as, the team was mortified to lose by 45 to 0. [1913 Webster + PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Mortify — Mor ti*fy, v. i. 1. To lose vitality and organic structure, as flesh of a living body; to gangrene. [1913 Webster] 2. To practice penance from religious motives; to deaden desires by religious discipline. [1913 Webster] This makes him . . . give… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mortify — index badger, demean (make lower), discompose, disgrace, embarrass, humiliate, offend (insult), plague …   Law dictionary

  • mortify — (v.) late 14c., to kill, from O.Fr. mortefiier destroy, overwhelm, punish, from L.L. mortificare cause death, kill, put to death, lit. make dead, from mortificus producing death, from L. mors (gen. mortis) death (see MORTAL (Cf. mortal) (adj.)) + …   Etymology dictionary

  • mortify — [v] embarrass abase, abash, affront, annoy, belittle, chagrin, chasten, confound, control, crush, deflate, deny, disappoint, discipline, discomfit, disgrace, displease, get one’s comeuppance*, harass, humble, humiliate, put to shame, ridicule,… …   New thesaurus

  • mortify — ► VERB (mortifies, mortified) 1) cause to feel embarrassed or humiliated. 2) subdue (physical urges) by self denial or discipline. 3) be affected by gangrene or necrosis. DERIVATIVES mortification noun mortifying adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • mortify — [môrt′ə fī΄] vt. mortified, mortifying [ME mortifien < OFr mortifier < LL(Ec) mortificare, to kill, destroy < L mors, death (see MORTAL) + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to punish (one s body) or control (one s physical desires and passions)… …   English World dictionary

  • mortify — mor|ti|fy [ˈmo:tıfaı US ˈmo:r ] v past tense and past participle mortified present participle mortifying third person singular mortifies [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: mortifier, from Latin mors; MORTAL1] 1.) to cause someone to feel …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mortify — verb (T) 1 be mortified to feel extremely embarrassed or ashamed: She was mortified to think that he had read her diary. 2 mortify the flesh/yourself formal to try to control your natural physical desires and needs by making your body suffer pain …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mortify — [c]/ˈmɔtəfaɪ / (say mawtuhfuy) verb (mortified, mortifying) –verb (t) 1. to humiliate in feeling, as by a severe wound to the pride or self complacency. 2. to bring (the body, passions, etc.) into subjection by abstinence, ascetic discipline, or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • mortify — verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English mortifien, from Anglo French mortifier, from Late Latin mortificare, from Latin mort , mors Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. obsolete to destroy the strength, vitality, or functioning of 2. to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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