Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: mortifier, from Latin mors; MORTAL1

mortify

verb
     
mor‧ti‧fy past tense and past participle mortified, present participle mortifying, third person singular mortifies [transitive]
1 to cause someone to feel extremely embarrassed or ashamed
2

mortify the flesh/yourself

formalRR to try to control your natural physical desires and needs by making your body suffer pain
mortifying adjective

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary