mortification

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noun mor·ti·fi·ca·tion \ ˌmȯr-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

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
3 a :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 Irving
b :the cause of such humiliation or shame

Examples of mortification in a Sentence

  1. the mortification of being dumped the night before the prom

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First Known Use of mortification

14th century


Medical Dictionary

mortification

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noun mor·ti·fi·ca·tion \ ˌmȯrt-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

medical Definition of mortification

:local death of tissue in the animal body :necrosis, gangrene


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