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mortify

(môr′tə-fī′)
v. morti·fied, morti·fying, morti·fies
v.tr.
To cause to experience shame, humiliation, or wounded pride.
v.intr.
To undergo mortification; become gangrenous.
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21) The inmates are also subjected to processes of mortification, eliciting experiences of degradations and humiliations, all as part of the scheme to remove any trace of individual identity.
The Mortifications is a devastating portrait of the realities we construct for ourselves, the parts of our history we choose to embrace and those we yearn to escape.
Often, when people stop practicing mortification, the cessation of good works soon follows.
Since these rules were only for the elite, their extreme fasting and self mortification "was done in private and even while teaching their followers to do otherwise.
She captures in a telling vignette toward the end of her book the complex relationship between the deeply ascetic generation of women who experienced the French wars of religion and their daughters who were less given to penitential mortifications of the flesh and more inclined toward charitable service.
The differences in the two women's experiences--one withdrawing from the world and practicing harsh mortifications, the other working in the world supervising charitable endeavors--demonstrate the evolution of female Catholic spirituality in Paris between two great crises--the wars of the Holy League in the late sixteenth century and the Fronde in the mid-seventeenth.
Subsequent chapters deal similarly with prophetic raptures and visionary possession, the mortifications of sainthood, and campaigns for Christian orthodoxy.
org, Opus Dei insists that for most members, the practice consists of "small physical mortifications occasionally, such as giving up certain items of food or drink" or sleeping on the floor.
Whatever indignities and mortifications he is having to endure at the moment, he will be thoroughly enjoying himself.
Amassing an enormous amount of testimony, if not evidence, Allen examines a long list of Opus Dei's alleged offenses, including its social elitism, secrecy, nefarious influence in the Vatican, conservative secular politics, manipulative methods of indoctrination, gruesome physical mortifications, pursuit of wealth, and sexist treatment of women.
Simultaneously flooded by spiritual doubts and the desire to live a life of perfection, the adolescent Maria subjected herself to harsh bodily mortifications su ch as sleeping on the floor, abstaining from certain foods (she vowed to eat only greens and corn tortillas), and wearing a self-fashioned hairshirt.
Even with red blood, a few extra knife thrusts and a bit more skin, the violence here is tame compared to the mortifications and body counts of any recent ``Halloween'' or ``Scream'' entry.