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]

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  • Mortifying — Mor ti*fy ing, a. 1. Tending to mortify; affected by, or having symptoms of, mortification; as, a mortifying wound; mortifying flesh. [1913 Webster] 2. Subduing the appetites, desires, etc.; as, mortifying penances. [1913 Webster] 3. Tending to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mortifying — [[t]mɔ͟ː(r)tɪfaɪɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that something is mortifying, you mean that it makes you feel extremely ashamed or embarrassed. She felt it would be utterly mortifying to be seen in such company as his by anyone. Syn: embarrassing …   English dictionary

  • mortifying — adjective extremely embarrassing: The princess now faced further mortifying revelations in the tabloid press …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mortifying — 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

  • mortifying — adjective 1. causing awareness of your shortcomings golf is a humbling game • Syn: ↑demeaning, ↑humbling, ↑humiliating • Similar to: ↑undignified 2. causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation …   Useful english dictionary

  • mortifying — adjective Causing mortification; extremely embarrassing …   Wiktionary

  • mortifying — mor|ti|fy|ing [ mɔrtə,faııŋ ] adjective extremely embarrassing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mortifying — mor·ti·fy || mÉ”rtɪfaɪ / mɔː v. shame, humiliate; get gangrene; suppress fleshly desires for spiritual discipline …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mortifying — adj 1. humiliating, humbling; shameful, disgraceful, Obs. reproachful; disreputable, disfavorable, discreditable. 2. belittling, derogatory, deprecatory, disparaging, depreciatory, demeaning, deflating. 3. confusing, perplexing, bewildering,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • mortifying — UK [ˈmɔː(r)tɪˌfaɪɪŋ] / US [ˈmɔrtəˌfaɪɪŋ] adjective extremely embarrassing …   English dictionary

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