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English verb: mortify

1. mortify (emotion) practice self-denial of one's body and appetites


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)check, condition, crucify, discipline, mortify, subdue, train

2. mortify (emotion) hold within limits and control


SamplesSubdue one's appetites.
Mortify the flesh.


Synonymscrucify, subdue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate


Narrower (hyponym)mortify


Entailabstain, desist, refrain

3. mortify (emotion) cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of


SamplesHe humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss.


ExamplesThe performance is likely to mortify Sue


Synonymsabase, chagrin, humble, humiliate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound


Narrower (hyponym)crush, degrade, demean, demolish, disgrace, put down, smash, take down

4. mortify (body) undergo necrosis


SamplesThe tissue around the wound necrosed.


Synonymsgangrene, necrose, sphacelate


Pattern of useSomebody's (body part) ----s


Broader (hypernym)rot, waste









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