1 practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
2 hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh" [syn: subdue, cricify]
3 cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss" [syn: humiliate, chagrin, humble, abase]
4 undergo necrosis; "the tissue around the wound necrosed" [syn: necrose, gangrene, sphacelate] [also: mortified]
- italbrac usually
used passively to embarrass
- 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.
- to discipline oneself by suppressing desires
- In the context of "medicine": (of part of the body) to die
- The loss of blood flow caused the toe to mortify and they had to amputate the foot to save the life.
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