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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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