Meaning of mortify

mor•ti•fy

Pronunciation: (môr'tu-fī"), [key]
— v., -fied, -fy•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to humiliate or shame, as by injury to one's pride or self-respect.
  2. to subjugate (the body, passions, etc.) by abstinence, ascetic discipline, or self-inflicted suffering.
  3. to affect with gangrene or necrosis.
—v.i.
  1. to practice mortification or disciplinary austerities.
  2. to undergo mortification; become gangrened or necrosed.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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