Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb mortify

4 senses of mortify

Sense 1
mortify -- (practice self-denial of one's body and appetites)
       => mortify, subdue, crucify -- (hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh")
       => discipline, train, check, condition -- (develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control; "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?")

Sense 2
mortify, subdue, crucify -- (hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh")
       => control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate -- (lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger")

Sense 3
humiliate, mortify, chagrin, humble, abase -- (cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss")
       => hurt, wound, injure, bruise, offend, spite -- (hurt the feelings of; "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised my ego")

Sense 4
necrose, gangrene, mortify, sphacelate -- (undergo necrosis; "the tissue around the wound necrosed")
       => waste, rot -- (become physically weaker; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world")

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