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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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