mor·​ti·​fy·​ing ˈmȯr-tə-ˌfī-iŋ How to pronounce mortifying (audio)
: causing feelings of strong shame or embarrassment
a mortifying experience
They would tell each other secrets that no one else would hear, they would discuss sex in a way that would be mortifying in other company.Richard Flaste
mortifyingly adverb
The document deluge has offered plenty of mortifyingly frank appraisals of foreign leaders … Hendrik Hertzberg

Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mortifying was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Mortifying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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