• WordNet 3.6
    • adj mortifying causing awareness of your shortcomings "golf is a humbling game"
    • adj mortifying causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation "the embarrassing moment when she found her petticoat down around her ankles","it was mortifying to know he had heard every word"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mortifying Subduing the appetites, desires, etc.; as, mortifying penances.
    • Mortifying Tending to humble or abase; humiliating; as, a mortifying repulse.
    • Mortifying Tending to mortify; affected by, or having symptoms of, mortification; as, a mortifying wound; mortifying flesh.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mortifying tending to mortify or humble: humiliating: vexing
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. mortificāre, to cause death to—mors death, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

This was extremely mortifying and altogether useless.
"Autobiography of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk" by Black Hawk
He blushed and winced with mortified vanity and bewilderment.
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The father was deeply smitten and mortified.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
If failures do not mortify you, success does not elevate.
"Ernest Maltravers, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
At another time, he felt mortified and disappointed by the neglect which her silence implied.
"Blind Love" by Wilkie Collins
But Miss Somerset was beginning to be mortified at having shown so much passion before a stranger.
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
Their encomiums, indeed, are always, in some sense, mortifying; they show too much surprise.
"Woman in the Nineteenth Century" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
Roderic slunk away, guilty, mortified, and confounded.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
I ever loved to mortify proud and insolent spirits.
"Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Discomfited and mortified, he turned on big Andrew Pozzo, the leader of the town boys.
"The Boy Life of Napoleon" by Eugenie Foa

In poetry:

By faith I keep my Lord's commands,
To verify my trust;
I purify my heart and hands,
And mortify my lust.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
How did his flowing tears condole
As for a brother dead!
And fasting mortified his soul,
While for their life he prayed.
"Psalm 35 part 2" by Isaac Watts
By some short transient fits He oft restrains
The sons of men from everlasting dole,
And by inflicting on them grievous pains,
He mortifies the flesh, to save the soul.
"Reasons To Persuade The Sick To Be Patient" by Rees Prichard
This bee an emblem truly is of sin,
Whose sweet, unto a many, death hath been.
Now would'st have sweet from sin and yet not die,
Do thou it, in the first place, mortify.
"Upon The Bee" by John Bunyan
Search thou thy conscience with the utmost care,
Strive ev'ry lurking passion to subdue,
Entirely mortify thy lusts by pray'r,
And fervently, for God's forgiveness, sue.
"Advice To The Sick" by Rees Prichard
O Friendship! if my soul forego
Thy dear delights while here below,
To mortify and grieve me,
May I myself at last appear
Unworthy, base, and insincere,
Or may my friend deceive me!
"Friendship" by William Cowper

In news:

Prove me spectacularly, mortifyingly wrong.
Earlier this year, the transportation community was mortified.
In his sophomore feature, Ben Younger ( Boiler Room ) attempts to reinvent himself as a young Woody Allen, reversing the Woodman's age and gender dynamics but yielding mortifying moments all the same.
' Mortified ' by state's history of poverty.
Suspect Was ' Mortified ' About Deployment.
Is ' Mortified ' After Fliers Are Stranded.
Comic-Con 2012: 6 All-Stars Talk Knife-Wielding Fans, Mortifying Auditions and How Their Shows Should End at THR's Roundtable.
"Girls" of HBO's frank new television comedy share their mortifying moments.
"I was mortified," Wiley said.
Teenage angst and hormonal confessions take center stage at Portland's latest literary showcase, Mortified.
I was mortified and didn't know what to think or how to act.
That mortified many of the company's loyalists when it arrived in 2001.
From wardrobe malfunctions and indecent exposure acts to funny faces and getting caught without any makeup on, Hollywood's hottest stars have been snapped in the midst of mortifying moments.
I think Carson would be gratified that there is an environmental movement today—but mortified at how ineffective it is.
Paul Ryan's Debt to Barry Goldwater —Who'd Be Mortified by Paul Ryan.