Pronunciation: (môr'tu-fī"), [key]
—v., -fied, -fy•ing.
1. to humiliate or shame, as by injury to one's pride or self-respect.
2. to subjugate (the body, passions, etc.) by abstinence, ascetic discipline, or self-inflicted suffering.
3. Pathol.to affect with gangrene or necrosis.
1. to practice mortification or disciplinary austerities.
2. Pathol.to undergo mortification; become gangrened or necrosed.
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