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Definition of mortify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

mortify

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈmɔːtɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrtɪfaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mortify
BrE BrE//ˈmɔːtɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrtɪfaɪ//
 
he / she / it mortifies
BrE BrE//ˈmɔːtɪfaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrtɪfaɪz//
 
past simple mortified
BrE BrE//ˈmɔːtɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrtɪfaɪd//
 
past participle mortified
BrE BrE//ˈmɔːtɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrtɪfaɪd//
 
-ing form mortifying
BrE BrE//ˈmɔːtɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrtɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
Embarrassment
 
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[usually passive] mortify somebody (to do something) | it mortifies somebody that… to make somebody feel very ashamed or embarrassed synonym humiliate She was mortified to realize he had heard every word she said. I was mortified when I realized I had forgotten our lunch date. See related entries: Embarrassment Word Origin late Middle English (in the senses ‘put to death’, ‘deaden’, and ‘subdue by self-denial’): from Old French mortifier, from ecclesiastical Latin mortificare ‘kill, subdue’, from mors, mort- ‘death’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mortify