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 for mortifying
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mortify \Mor"ti*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mortified; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Mortifying.] [OE. mortifien, F. mortifier, fr. L.
     mortificare; L. mors, mortis, death + -ficare (in comp.) to
     make. See Mortal, and -fy.]
     1. To destroy the organic texture and vital functions of; to
        produce gangrene in.
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     2. To destroy the active powers or essential qualities of; to
        change by chemical action. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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              Quicksilver is mortified with turpentine. --Bacon.
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              He mortified pearls in vinegar.       --Hakewill.
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     3. To deaden by religious or other discipline, as the carnal
        affections, bodily appetites, or worldly desires; to bring
        into subjection; to abase; to humble; as, to mortify the
        flesh.
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              With fasting mortified, worn out with tears.
                                                    --Harte.
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              Mortify thy learned lust.             --Prior.
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              Mortify, therefore, your members which are upon the
              earth.                                --Col. iii. 5.
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     4. To affect with vexation, chagrin; to depress.
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              The news of the fatal battle of Worcester, which
              exceedingly mortified our expectations. --Evelyn.
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              How often is the ambitious man mortified with the
              very praises he receives, if they do not rise so
              high as he thinks they ought!         --Addison.
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     5. To humiliate deeply, especially by injuring the pride of;
        to embarrass painfully; to humble; as, the team was
        mortified to lose by 45 to 0.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mortifying \Mor"ti*fy`ing\, a.
     1. Tending to mortify; affected by, or having symptoms of,
        mortification; as, a mortifying wound; mortifying flesh.
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     2. Subduing the appetites, desires, etc.; as, mortifying
        penances.
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     3. Tending to humble or abase; humiliating; as, a mortifying
        repulse.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mortifying
      adj 1: causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation; "the
             embarrassing moment when she found her petticoat down
             around her ankles"; "it was mortifying to know he had
             heard every word" [syn: embarrassing, mortifying]
      2: causing awareness of your shortcomings; "golf is a humbling
         game" [syn: demeaning, humbling, humiliating,
         mortifying]

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