What does mortify mean?

Definitions for mortifyˈmɔr təˌfaɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mortify(verb)

    practice self-denial of one's body and appetites

  2. mortify, subdue, crucify(verb)

    hold within limits and control

    "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh"

  3. humiliate, mortify, chagrin, humble, abase(verb)

    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

    "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"

  4. necrose, gangrene, mortify, sphacelate(verb)

    undergo necrosis

    "the tissue around the wound necrosed"


  1. mortify(Verb)

    To kill.

  2. mortify(Verb)

    To reduce the potency of; to nullify; to deaden, neutralize.

  3. mortify(Verb)

    To kill off (living tissue etc.); to make necrotic.

  4. mortify(Verb)

    To discipline (one's body, appetites etc.) by suppressing desires; to practise abstinence on.

    Some people seek sainthood by mortifying the body. I wonder if such ascetics are masochists?

  5. mortify(Verb)

    To embarrass, to humiliate.

    I was so mortified I could have died right there, instead I fainted, but I swore I'd never let that happen to me again.

  6. Origin: From mortifier, mortifier, from mortifico, from mors + -fico.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mortify(verb)

    to destroy the organic texture and vital functions of; to produce gangrene in

  2. Mortify(verb)

    to destroy the active powers or essential qualities of; to change by chemical action

  3. Mortify(verb)

    to deaden by religious or other discipline, as the carnal affections, bodily appetites, or worldly desires; to bring into subjection; to abase; to humble

  4. Mortify(verb)

    to affect with vexation, chagrin, or humiliation; to humble; to depress

  5. Mortify(verb)

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

  6. Mortify(verb)

    to practice penance from religious motives; to deaden desires by religious discipline

  7. Mortify(verb)

    to be subdued; to decay, as appetites, desires, etc

  8. Origin: [OE. mortifien, F. mortifier, fr. L. mortificare; L. mors, mortis, death + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Mortal, and -fy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mortify

    mor′ti-fī, v.t. to destroy the vital functions of: to subdue by severities and penance: to vex: to humble: (Scots law) to dispose of by mortification.—v.i. to lose vitality, to gangrene: to be subdued:—pa.t. and pa.p. mor′tified.ns. Mortificā′tion, act of mortifying or state of being mortified: the death of one part of an animal body: a bringing under of the passions and appetites by a severe or strict manner of living: humiliation: vexation: that which mortifies or vexes: (Scots law) a bequest to some charitable institution; Mor′tifiedness, subjugation of the passions; Mor′tifier, one who mortifies.—adj. Mor′tifying, tending to mortify or humble: humiliating: vexing. [Fr.,—Low L. mortificāre, to cause death to—mors death, facĕre, to make.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mortify in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mortify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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