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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mortify \Mor"ti*fy\, verb (used with an object) [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.

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

Quicksilver is mortified with turpentine. --Bacon.

He mortified pearls in vinegar. --Hakewill.

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.

With fasting mortified, worn out with tears. --Harte.

Mortify thy learned lust. --Prior.

Mortify, therefore, your members which are upon the earth. --Col. iii. 5.

4. To affect with vexation, chagrin; to depress.

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

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.

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]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mortify \Mor"ti*fy\, verb (used without an object)

1. To lose vitality and organic structure, as flesh of a living body; to gangrene.

2. To practice penance from religious motives; to deaden desires by religious discipline.

This makes him . . . give alms of all that he hath, watch, fast, and mortify. --Law.

3. To be subdued; to decay, as appetites, desires, etc.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: practice self-denial of one's body and appetites

2: hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh" [syn: {mortify}, {subdue}, {crucify}]

3: cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss" [syn: {humiliate}, {mortify}, {chagrin}, {humble}, {abase}]

4: undergo necrosis; "the tissue around the wound necrosed" [syn: {necrose}, {gangrene}, {mortify}, {sphacelate}]

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