[ mawr-tuh-fi-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌmɔr tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /


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

1350–1400; Middle English mortificacion < Late Latin mortificātiōn- (stem of mortificātiō), equivalent to morti- (see mortify) + -ficatiōn- -fication

OTHER WORDS FROM mortification

pre·mor·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for mortification

/ (ˌmɔːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /


a feeling of loss of prestige or self-respect; humiliation
something causing this
Christianity the practice of mortifying the senses
another word for gangrene
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Medical definitions for mortification

[ môr′tə-fĭ-kāshən ]


Death or decay of one part of a living body; gangrene; necrosis.
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