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verb, mor·ti·fy \ˈmȯr-tə-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of mortify

  • : to cause (someone) to feel very embarrassed and foolish

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mortify


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to destroy the strength, vitality, or functioning of

  3. 2 :  to subdue or deaden (as the body or bodily appetites) especially by abstinence or self-inflicted pain or discomfort

  4. 3 :  to subject to severe and vexing embarrassment :  shame

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to practice mortification

  7. 2 :  to become necrotic or gangrenous

Examples of mortify in a sentence

  1. It mortified me to have to admit that I'd never actually read the book.

  2. <was mortified by her children's atrocious manners>

Origin of mortify

Middle English mortifien, from Anglo-French mortifier, from Late Latin mortificare, from Latin mort-, mors

First Known Use: 14th century

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MORTIFY Defined for Kids


verb mor·ti·fy \ˈmȯr-tə-ˌfī\

Definition of mortify for Students


  1. :  to embarrass greatly <I ought to have read more, for I find I don't know anything, and it mortifies me. — Louisa May Alcott, Little Women>

Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb mor·ti·fy \ˈmȯrt-ə-ˌfī\

Medical Definition of mortify

mortified; mortifying

  1. :  to become necrotic or gangrenous

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