AskDefine | Define mortify

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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]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. 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.
  2. to discipline oneself by suppressing desires
    Some people seek sainthood by mortifying the body. I wonder if such ascetics are masochists?
  3. 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.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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
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