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Meaning of MORTIFY

Pronunciation:  'mortu`fI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  undergo necrosis; of tissue
  2. [v]  cause to fee shame; hurt the pride of
  3. [v]  hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh"
  4. [v]  practice self-denial of one's body and appetites

MORTIFY is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: abase, chagrin, cricify, gangrene, humble, humiliate, necrose, sphacelate, subdue
 See Also: abstain, bruise, check, condition, contain, control, crush, curb, degrade, demean, demolish, desist, discipline, disgrace, hold, hold in, hurt, injure, moderate, mortify, offend, put down, refrain, rot, spite, train, waste, wound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    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.
             With fasting mortified, worn out with tears.
             Mortify thy learned lust.             --Prior.
             Mortify, rherefore, your members which are upon the
             earth.                                --Col. iii. 5.
    4. To affect with vexation, chagrin, or humiliation; to
       humble; 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.
  2. \Mor"ti*fy\, v. i.
    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.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you feel mortified over your conduct means that will find yourself in an embarrassing situation before those whom you wish to appear most honorable.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abash, break up, bring down, canker, cast down, castigate, chagrin, chasten, confound, confuse, control, corrupt, crumble, crumble into dust, crush, decay, decompose, deflate, degrade, discipline, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, disgrace, disintegrate, disturb, downgrade, embarrass, fall into decay, fall to pieces, fester, gangrene, go bad, go to pieces, humble, humiliate, let down, mildew, mold, molder, necrose, punish, put down, put out, put to shame, putrefy, putresce, rankle, rebuff, reduce, rot, shame, sphacelate, spoil, subdue, subjugate, suppress, suppurate, throw into confusion, upset