• Mortification


    • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

    Full definition of mortification



    (plural mortifications)
    1. The act of mortifying.
    2. A sensation of extreme shame or embarrassment.
      • 1898, Winston Churchill, The Celebrity Chapter 8, The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; for, even after she had conquered her love for the Celebrity, the mortification of having been jilted by him remained.
    3. (medicine) The death of part of the body.
      • 1913, D. H. Lawrence, ,And then there's the fever and the mortification—if it took bad ways he'd quickly be gone.
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