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  • v. Present participle of mortify.
  • adj. Causing mortification; extremely embarrassing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to mortify; affected by, or having symptoms of, mortification
  • adj. Subduing the appetites, desires, etc..
  • adj. Tending to humble or abase; humiliating.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation
  • adj. causing awareness of your shortcomings


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  • As there was no love between them, fear no longer availed; and as Rolandine saw plainly that a reprimand so publicly given was prompted less by regard for her than by the wish to put her to shame, and that the queen was more pleased in mortifying her than grieved to find her in fault, she replied with an air as calm and composed as that of the queen was agitated and passionate, If you did not know your own heart, madam, I would set before you the bad feeling you have long entertained towards my father and me; but you know it so well, that you will not be surprised to hear that it is not a secret for anybody.

    The Heptameron of Margaret, Queen of Navarre

  • [13] I passed thro that city & should like to see his hymn upon the occasion & if there be any good in it, put it in a note. how mortifying is this confinement of yours — I had planned so many pleasant walks to be made so much more pleasant by conversation. for I have much to tell thee. much to say of the odd things we saw upon our journey Much of the dirt & vermin that annoyd us.

    Letter 165

  • – And indeed it was on these occasions that Mrs Rayland seemed to take peculiar pleasure in mortifying Mrs Somerive and her daughters; who dreaded these dinner days as those of the greatest penance; and who at Christmas, one of the periods of these formal dinners, have blest more than once the propitious snow; through which that important and magisterial personage, the body coachman of Mrs Rayland, did not choose to venture himself, or the six sleek animals of which he was sole governor; for on these occasions it was the established rule to send for the family, with the same solemnity and the same parade that had been used ever since the first sullen and reluctant reconciliation between Sir Hildebrand and his sister; when she dared to deviate from the fastidious arrogance of her family, and to marry a man who farmed his own estate – and who, though long settled as a very respectable land-owner, had not yet written Armiger after his name.

    The Old Manor House

  • F-Word Brenda, as she's known wherever the ghosts of Dorothy Parker and George S. Kaufman take tea, recalls the mortifying experience of promoting her memoir The Nearly Departed, a succession of embarrassments certain to give any writer a sympathetic shudder.

    The Plinth and the Pauper (mildly updated): James Wolcott

  • The first object on which the blacksmith's eyes rested kindled him with indignation, and recalled mortifying memories.

    The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus

  • All allusions, therefore, recalling his mortifying defeat were disagreeable to him.

    Frank's Campaign, or, Farm and Camp

  • In short, she did not like, as she phrased it, "to be shaken off;" and after a sleepless night she resolved to judge for herself, much moved thereto by the malicious suggestions to that effect made by Mr. Sprott, who mightily enjoyed the idea of mortifying the gentlemen by whom he had been so disrespectfully threatened with the treadmill.

    My Novel — Volume 06

  • "As a Leicester City fan I think the words 'mortifying' and 'shocking' could easily describe Yann Kermogant's penalty, which in turn allowed Cardiff to defend so badly at Wembley, giving Blackpool the 'Premier League side' prefix they now enjoy" - Simon Eaton.

    Comical Instance Of Defensive Bungling

  • Either of them had only to mention the word "mortifying" to send

    Tales of the Jazz Age

  • Again they collapsed into laughter, howled, swayed, rocked back and forth in their chairs, repeating the word "mortifying" over and over to each other — each repetition seeming to make it only more brilliantly absurd.

    Tales of the Jazz Age


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