Definitions for: Mortify


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
--Harte.

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.


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.

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

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