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MORTIFY (mortified)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mortify mean? 

MORTIFY (verb)
  The verb MORTIFY has 4 senses:

1. practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
2. hold within limits and control
3. cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
4. undergo necrosis

  Familiarity information: MORTIFY used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MORTIFY (verb)


Sense 1mortify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Practice self-denial of one's body and appetites

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Hypernyms (to "mortify" is one way to...):

cricify; mortify; subdue (hold within limits and control)

check; condition; discipline; train (train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 2mortify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hold within limits and control

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

cricify; mortify; subdue

Context examples:

subdue one's appetites / mortify the flesh

Hypernyms (to "mortify" is one way to...):

check; contain; control; curb; hold; hold in; moderate (lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits)

"Mortify" entails doing...:

abstain; desist; refrain (choose not to consume)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "mortify"):

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

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3mortify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

abase; chagrin; humiliate; humble; mortify

Context example:

He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss

Hypernyms (to "mortify" is one way to...):

bruise; hurt; injure; offend; spite; wound (hurt the feelings of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "mortify"):

crush; demolish; smash (humiliate or depress completely)

degrade; demean; disgrace; put down; take down (reduce in worth or character, usually verbally)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to mortify Sue


Sense 4mortify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Undergo necrosis

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

gangrene; necrose; sphacelate; mortify

Context example:

the tissue around the wound necrosed

Hypernyms (to "mortify" is one way to...):

rot; waste (waste away)

Sentence frame:

Somebody's (body part) ----s


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