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mor·ti·fy / ˈmôrtəˌfī/ • v. (-fies, -fied) [tr.] 1. (often be mortified) cause (someone) to feel embarrassed, ashamed, or humiliated: [tr.] she was mortified to see her wrinkles in the mirror | [as adj.] (mortifying) she refused to accept this mortifying disgrace. 2. subdue (the body or its needs and desires) by self-denial or discipline: return to heaven by mortifying the flesh. 3. [intr.] archaic (of flesh) be affected by gangrene or necrosis: the cut in Henry's arm had mortified. DERIVATIVES: mor·ti·fi·ca·tion / ˌmôrtəfəˈkāshən/ n. mor·ti·fy·ing·ly adv.