To increase the defenses of; to strengthen and secure by military works; to render defensible against an attack by hostile forces.
To impart strength or vigor to.
* Sir Walter Scott
To increase the effectiveness of, as by additional ingredients.
* 1979 , Kiplinger's Personal Finance (volume 33, number 7, July 1979, page 47)
- Pride came to the aid of fancy, and both combined to fortify his resolution.
- Compare the nutrition information label of a regular ready-to-eat fortified cereal with that of a presweetened brand and you'll note that, although the sweetened one's sugar content is higher, the fortification is virtually identical.
(obsolete) To kill.
(obsolete) To reduce the potency of; to nullify; to deaden, neutralize.
* Francis Bacon
- Quicksilver is mortified with turpentine.
(obsolete) To kill off (living tissue etc.); to make necrotic.
*:Servius the Grammarian being troubled with the gowt, found no better meanes to be rid of it, than to apply poison to mortifie his legs.
To discipline (one's body, appetites etc.) by suppressing desires; to practise abstinence on.
- He mortified pearls in vinegar.
- Some people seek sainthood by mortifying the body.
- With fasting mortified , worn out with tears.
* Bible, Col. iii. 5
- Mortify thy learned lust.
(usually, used passively) To embarrass, to humiliate.
- Mortify , therefore, your members which are upon the earth.
- I was so mortified I could have died right there, instead I fainted, but I swore I'd never let that happen to me again.
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(obsolete) To affect with vexation, chagrin, or humiliation; to humble; to depress.
- the news of the fatal battle of Worcester, which exceedingly mortified our expectations
(Scotland, legal, historical) To grant in mortmain
* 1876 James Grant, History of the Burgh and Parish Schools of Scotland , Part II, Chapter 14, p.453 (
- 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!
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- the schoolmasters of Ayr were paid out of the mills mortified by Queen Mary