One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I'd be mortified if my friends found out I was learning ballroom dancing’
embarrass, humiliate, chagrin, shame, discomfit, abash, horrify, appal, crush
be pleased, be proud
2‘he was mortified at the prospect of being excluded from the meeting’
hurt, wound, affront, offend, put out, pique, irk, pain, annoy, displease, vex, gall
British informal nark
3‘an ascetic who consistently chooses to mortify the flesh’
subdue, suppress, subjugate, control, restrain, get under control
discipline, chasten, punish, deny
4‘the cut in his arm had mortified’
become gangrenous, fester, putrefy, gangrene, rot, decay, decompose
rare necrose, sphacelate
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