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Overview of verb mortify

The verb mortify has 4 senses


  • mortify -- (practice self-denial of one's body and appetites)

  • mortify, subdue, crucify -- (hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh")

  • humiliate, mortify, chagrin, humble, abase -- (cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss")

  • necrose, gangrene, mortify, sphacelate -- (undergo necrosis; "the tissue around the wound necrosed")


Overview of adj mortifying

The adj mortifying has 2 senses


  • embarrassing, mortifying -- (causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation; "the embarrassing moment when she found her petticoat down around her ankles"; "it was mortifying to know he had heard every word")

  • demeaning, humbling, humiliating, mortifying -- (causing awareness of your shortcomings; "golf is a humbling game")