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mortification

[mawr-tuh-fi-key-shuh n]
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noun
  1. a feeling of humiliation or shame, as through some injury to one's pride or self-respect.
  2. a cause or source of such humiliation or shame.
  3. the practice of asceticism by penitential discipline to overcome desire for sin and to strengthen the will.
  4. Pathology. the death of one part of the body while the rest is alive; gangrene; necrosis.
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Origin of mortification

1350–1400; Middle English mortificacion < Late Latin mortificātiōn- (stem of mortificātiō), equivalent to morti- (see mortify) + -ficatiōn- -fication
Related formspre·mor·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun

Synonyms for mortification

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1. See shame.
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Related Words for mortification

abasement, disgrace, affront, embarrassment, condescension, chagrin, dishonor, degradation, shame, put-down, ignominy, resignation, humbling

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British Dictionary definitions for mortification

mortification

noun
  1. a feeling of loss of prestige or self-respect; humiliation
  2. something causing this
  3. Christianity the practice of mortifying the senses
  4. another word for gangrene
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Word Origin and History for mortification

n.

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.

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mortification in Medicine

mortification

(môr′tə-fĭ-kāshən)
n.
  1. Death or decay of one part of a living body; gangrene; necrosis.
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