Search Result for "mortify":
1. practice self-denial of one's body and appetites;
2. hold within limits and control;
- Example: "subdue one's appetites"
- Example: "mortify the flesh"
[syn: mortify, subdue, crucify]
3. cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of;
- Example: "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"
[syn: humiliate, mortify, chagrin, humble, abase]
4. undergo necrosis;
- Example: "the tissue around the wound necrosed"
[syn: necrose, gangrene, mortify, sphacelate]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mortify \Mor"ti*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mortified; p. pr. & vb. n. Mortifying.] [OE. mortifien, F. mortifier, fr. L. mortificare; L. mors, mortis, death + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Mortal, and -fy.] 1. To destroy the organic texture and vital functions of; to produce gangrene in. [1913 Webster] 2. To destroy the active powers or essential qualities of; to change by chemical action. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Quicksilver is mortified with turpentine. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] He mortified pearls in vinegar. --Hakewill. [1913 Webster] 3. To deaden by religious or other discipline, as the carnal affections, bodily appetites, or worldly desires; to bring into subjection; to abase; to humble; as, to mortify the flesh. [1913 Webster] With fasting mortified, worn out with tears. --Harte. [1913 Webster] Mortify thy learned lust. --Prior. [1913 Webster] Mortify, therefore, your members which are upon the earth. --Col. iii. 5. [1913 Webster] 4. To affect with vexation, chagrin; to depress. [1913 Webster] The news of the fatal battle of Worcester, which exceedingly mortified our expectations. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster] How often is the ambitious man mortified with the very praises he receives, if they do not rise so high as he thinks they ought! --Addison. [1913 Webster] 5. To humiliate deeply, especially by injuring the pride of; to embarrass painfully; to humble; as, the team was mortified to lose by 45 to 0. [1913 Webster + PJC]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mortify \Mor"ti*fy\, v. i. 1. To lose vitality and organic structure, as flesh of a living body; to gangrene. [1913 Webster] 2. To practice penance from religious motives; to deaden desires by religious discipline. [1913 Webster] This makes him . . . give alms of all that he hath, watch, fast, and mortify. --Law. [1913 Webster] 3. To be subdued; to decay, as appetites, desires, etc. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
60 Moby Thesaurus words for "mortify": 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