• WordNet 3.6
    • n mortification (Christianity) the act of mortifying the lusts of the flesh by self-denial and privation (especially by bodily pain or discomfort inflicted on yourself)
    • n mortification an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect "he had to undergo one humiliation after another"
    • n mortification strong feelings of embarrassment
    • n mortification the localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mortification (Scots Law) A gift to some charitable or religious institution; -- nearly synonymous with mortmain.
    • Mortification Deep humiliation or shame, from a loss of pride; painful embarassment, usually arising from exposure of a mistake; chagrin; vexation.
    • Mortification Destruction of active qualities; neutralization.
    • Mortification Subjection of the passions and appetites, by penance, abstinence, or painful severities inflicted on the body.
    • Mortification That which mortifies; the cause of humiliation, chagrin, or vexation. "It is one of the vexatious mortifications of a studious man to have his thoughts discovered by a tedious visit."
    • Mortification The act of mortifying, or the condition of being mortified
    • Mortification The death of one part of an animal body, while the rest continues to live; loss of vitality in some part of a living animal; gangrene.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mortification The act of mortifying, or the condition of being mortified. Specifically
    • n mortification The act of subduing the passions and appetites by penance, abstinence, or painful severities infiicted on the body; a severe penance.
    • n mortification Humiliation; vexation; the state of being humbled or depressed, as by disappointment or vexation; chagrin.
    • n mortification (d ) In chem. and metallurgy, the destruction of active qualities (now called sickening both in the United States and in Australia, with especial reference to quicksilver and amalgamation).
    • n mortification In Scots law, the act of disposing of lands for religious or charitable purposes.
    • n mortification That which mortifies; a cause of chagrin, humiliation, or vexation.
    • n mortification In Scots law, lands given formerly to the church for religious purposes, or since the Reformation for charitable or public uses. By the present practice, when lands are given for any charitable purpose, they are usually disponed to trustees, to be held either blench or in feu.
    • n mortification Synonyms Vexation, Chagrin, Mortification. These words advance in strength of meaning, as to both cause and effect. Vexation is a comparatively petty feeling, produced by small but annoying or irritating disappointments, slights, etc. Chagrin is acute disappointment and humiliation, perhaps after confident expectation. Mortification is chagrin so great as to seem a death to one's pride or self-respect. See tease and anger.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Mortification act of mortifying or state of being mortified: the death of one part of an animal body: a bringing under of the passions and appetites by a severe or strict manner of living: humiliation: vexation: that which mortifies or vexes:
    • ns Mortification (Scots law) a bequest to some charitable institution
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  • Marquise De SeVigne
    Marquise De SeVigne
    “If we could have a little patience, we should escape much mortification; time takes away as much as it gives.”
  • Raoul Vaneigem
    “Never before has a civilization reached such a degree of a contempt for life; never before has a generation, drowned in mortification, felt such a rage to live.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. mortificatio, a killing. See Mortify
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. mortificāre, to cause death to—mors death, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

Julia sat down and cried in mortification and disgust.
"The End Of The World" by Edward Eggleston
We had the mortification to find the ship admit more water than usual.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 12" by Robert Kerr
I had no friends of my own within reach, and to my deep if secret mortification no woman of my husband's circle called upon me.
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
That was the line to take: the austere line of self-mortification for the Twinkler good.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
The king found the adagio so long and dry that he quitted the room, much to Corelli's mortification.
"Famous Violinists of To-day and Yesterday" by Henry C. Lahee
Perhaps you have suspected," he added, coloring with mortification, "that all was not right between us when I left yesterday.
"Elsie's New Relations" by Martha Finley
Tapas, that is asceticism or self-mortification, holds in the religious thought and practice of India as large a place as sacrifice.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Julia Crosby put her head down on her desk and wept tears of rage and mortification.
"Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
A shade of mortification had crossed his face.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
He hoped they would feel mortification when they found it was so little.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

A worthy priest for fasting and prayer
And mortification most deserving;
And as for preaching beyond compare,
He'd exert his powers for three or four hours,
With greater pith than Sydney Smith
Or the Reverend Edward Irving.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

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