Mortify

Definition of Mortify

Mor´ti`fy
v. t.1.To destroy the organic texture and vital functions of; to produce gangrene in.
[imp. & p. p. Mortified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mortifying .]
2.To destroy the active powers or essential qualities of; to change by chemical action.
Quicksilver is mortified with turpentine.
- Bacon.
He mortified pearls in vinegar.
- Hakewill.
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.
With fasting mortified, worn out with tears.
- Harte.
Mortify thy learned lust.
- Prior.
Mortify, therefore, your members which are upon the earth.
- Col. iii. 5.
4.To affect with vexation, chagrin; to depress.
The news of the fatal battle of Worcester, which exceedingly mortified our expectations.
- Evelyn.
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.
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.
v. i.1.To lose vitality and organic structure, as flesh of a living body; to gangrene.
2.To practice penance from religious motives; to deaden desires by religious discipline.
This makes him . . . give alms of all that he hath, watch, fast, and mortify.
- Law.
3.To be subdued; to decay, as appetites, desires, etc.

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