mortification

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From Middle French mortification, from Old French, from Latin mortificatio.

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mortification (countable and uncountable, plural mortifications)

  1. The act of mortifying.
  2. A sensation of extreme shame or embarrassment.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      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.
  4. (law, Scotland) A bequest to a charitable institution.

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