WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
mor•ti•fy /ˈmɔrtəˌfaɪ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object],-fied, -fy•ing. 

    to humiliate (someone), as by an injury to self-respect:He was mortified when he forgot his speech.
mor•ti•fi•ca•tion /ˌmɔrtəfɪˈkeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]See -mort-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
mor•ti•fy  (môrtə fī′), 
v., -fied, -fy•ing. 

  • to humiliate or shame, as by injury to one's pride or self-respect.
  • to subjugate (the body, passions, etc.) by abstinence, ascetic discipline, or self-inflicted suffering.
  • Pathology[Pathol.]to affect with gangrene or necrosis.

  • v.i. 
  • to practice mortification or disciplinary austerities.
  • Pathology[Pathol.]to undergo mortification;
    become gangrened or necrosed.
  • Etymology:
    • Late Latin mortificāre to put to death, equivalent. to Latin morti- (stem of mors) death + -ficāre -fy
    • Middle French mortifier
    • Middle English mortifien 1350–1400
    morti•fied′ly, adv. 
    morti•fi′er, n. 
    morti•fy′ing•ly, adv. 
    1 . humble, abase.2 . subdue, restrain.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    mortify /ˈmɔːtɪˌfaɪ/ vb ( -fies, -fying, -fied)
    1. (transitive) to humiliate or cause to feel shame
    2. (transitive) to subdue and bring under control by self-denial, disciplinary exercises, etc
    3. (intransitive) to undergo tissue death or become gangrenous
    Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French from Church Latin mortificāre to put to death, from Latin mors death + facere to do

    ˈmortiˌfier n ˈmortiˌfying adj


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