mor·​ti·​fied ˈmȯr-tə-ˌfīd How to pronounce mortified (audio)
: feeling or showing strong shame or embarrassment
Hermione and Ginny both clapped their hands over their mouths. Ron stopped craning his neck to catch a glimpse of Neville's parents and looked mortified.J. K. Rowling
The lanky bassist … takes huge, quick strides toward the door of the club, unable to suppress a mortified smile.Kim Neely

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web My daughter was absolutely mortified and just inconsolable. Celine Alkhaldi, CNN, 22 Apr. 2023 Humiliating defeat in war often causes the frustrated and mortified aggressor to take out its failure on innocent victims. WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 When Payton turns up to watch a game from the bleachers, a mortified Connor looks away while the rest of the town turns to gawk at the tarnished celebrity in their midst. Guy Lodge, Variety, 28 Jan. 2022 De Niro had no problem shooting the scene with Ed in a towel, which ends up falling in front of mortified son-in-law Arthur (Rob Riggle). Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 9 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1710, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mortified was in 1710

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“Mortified.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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mor·​ti·​fied ˈmȯrt-ə-ˌfīd How to pronounce mortified (audio)
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