Definition of Mortification

1. Noun. Strong feelings of embarrassment.

Exact synonyms: Chagrin, Humiliation
Generic synonyms: Embarrassment
Derivative terms: Chagrin, Humiliate, Mortify

2. Noun. The localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply).
Exact synonyms: Gangrene, Necrosis, Sphacelus
Generic synonyms: Death
Specialized synonyms: Myonecrosis
Derivative terms: Gangrenous, Mortify, Necrotic, Sphacelate

3. Noun. An instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect. "He had to undergo one humiliation after another"
Exact synonyms: Humiliation
Generic synonyms: Case, Example, Instance
Derivative terms: Humiliate, Mortify

4. Noun. (Christianity) the act of mortifying the lusts of the flesh by self-denial and privation (especially by bodily pain or discomfort inflicted on yourself).
Generic synonyms: Self-control, Self-denial, Self-discipline
Category relationships: Christian Religion, Christianity
Derivative terms: Mortify, Mortify

Definition of Mortification

1. n. The act of mortifying, or the condition of being mortified

Definition of Mortification

1. Noun. The act of mortifying. ¹

2. Noun. A sensation of extreme shame or embarrassment. ¹

3. Noun. (medicine) The death of part of the body. ¹

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Definition of Mortification

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Mortification

1. 1. The act of mortifying, or the condition of being mortified; especially: Destruction of active qualities; neutralization. Subjection of the passions and appetites, by penance, absistence, or painful severities inflicted on the body. "The mortification of our lusts has something in it that is troublesome, yet nothing that is unreasonable." (Tillotson) Hence: Deprivation or depression of self-approval; abatement or pride; humiliation; chagrin; vexation. "We had the mortification to lose sight of Munich, Augsburg, and Ratisbon." (Addison) 2. 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." (L'Estrange) 3. A gift to some charitable or religious institution; nearly synonymous with mortmain. Synonym: Chagrin, vexation, shame. See Chagrin. Origin: F, fr. L. Mortificatio a killing. See Mortify. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mortification

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Literary usage of Mortification

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1. Annual Register (1764)
"... h;iving a mortification in both hands, which reached about an inch and an half above the ... )y-destroyed by a mortification ; ard all ..."

2. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"... in token of their victory ; after which, they had the mortification to fee ... mortification ..."

3. A System of Surgery by Benjamin Bell (1801)
"OF mortification. § i. General Remarks on Gangrene. ... it may be remarked, that mortification, or the laft ft age of gangrene, is known only by the ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1911)
"against him as a reason therefor, for the humiliation and mortification he has suffered, for the hatred, ridicule, and contempt which he has been made to ..."

5. The History of Human Marriage by Edward Westermarck (1922)
"... certain goddesses to be eunuchs.4 Religious celibacy is further enjoined or commended as a means of self-mortification supposed to appease an angry god, ..."

6. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1835)
"mortification.—This term is used in England to express that state of any texture in which there is a complete and permanent extinction of life. ..."

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