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mortify the flesh/yourself

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmortify the flesh/yourselfmortify the flesh/yourselfformalRR to try to control your natural physical desires and needs by making your body suffer pain mortify
Examples from the Corpus
mortify the flesh/yourselfWe may imagine an ascetic who consistently chooses the sour instead of the sweet apple, in order to mortify the flesh.
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