Definition of mortification
1 : the subjection and denial of bodily passions and appetites by abstinence or self-inflicted pain or discomfort was customary to practice mortification during Lent
3a : a sense of humiliation and shame caused by something that wounds one's pride or self-respect the mortification of being jilted by a little boarding-school girl — Washington Irvingb : the cause of such humiliation or shame
Examples of mortification in a Sentence
the mortification of being dumped the night before the prom
Recent Examples of mortification from the Web
By this point, Ross was burning with mortification.
Twitter users, already unsettled by videos of Trump jiggling to a traditional ardah sword dance in an idiosyncratic gait of rigid mortification, were then set for a further shock.
More than a million Britons signed a petition berating her for inviting Trump for a state visit, which would entail the national mortification of seeing him presented to the Queen.
This is not a movie for people who’d just as soon forget their own teenage mortifications.
THE MORTIFICATIONSBy Derek Palacio 310 pp. Tim Duggan Books. $27.
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