mortification

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

Definition of mortification

  1. 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>

  2. 2 :  necrosis, gangrene

  3. 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 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>

14th Century

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

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



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