- a feeling of humiliation or shame, as through some injury to one's pride or self-respect.
- a cause or source of such humiliation or shame.
- the practice of asceticism by penitential discipline to overcome desire for sin and to strengthen the will.
- Pathology. the death of one part of the body while the rest is alive; gangrene; necrosis.
Origin of mortification
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Examples from the Web for mortification
“Hey, muffins,” he calls to his children, with a “wince of mortification” at the whole scene.This Week’s Hot Reads: May 13, 2013
Mythili Rao, Sarah Stodola
May 13, 2013
But, to my mortification and surprise, you persisted, and still persist.
But go on, Miss: your mortification will be the greater; that's all, child.
"Never," said Almeria, with a sudden feeling of mortification.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Belinda assured her that she felt no mortification from the disappointment.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
He had never been sent to school, lest he should meet with mortification.Night and Morning, Complete
- a feeling of loss of prestige or self-respect; humiliation
- something causing this
- Christianity the practice of mortifying the senses
- another word for gangrene
Word Origin and History for mortification
late 14c., "mortifying the flesh, suppression of bodily desires," from Late Latin mortificationem (nominative mortificatio) "a killing, putting to death," from past participle stem of mortificare (see mortify). Sense of "feeling of humiliation" first recorded 1640s.
- Death or decay of one part of a living body; gangrene; necrosis.