Definitions for: Mortification

[n] (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] an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect; "he had to undergo one humiliation after another"
[n] strong feelings of embarrassment
[n] the localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply)

Webster (1913) Definition: Mor`ti*fi*ca"tion, n. [F., fr. L. mortificatio a
killing. See Mortify.]
1. The act of mortifying, or the condition of being
mortified; especially:
(a) (Med.) 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. --Dunglison.
(b) (Alchem. & Old Chem.) Destruction of active qualities;
neutralization. [Obs.] --Bacon.
(c) Subjection of the passions and appetites, by penance,
absistence, or painful severities inflicted on the

The mortification of our lusts has something in
it that is troublesome, yet nothing that is
unreasonable. --Tillotson.
(d) 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. (Scots Law) A gift to some charitable or religious
institution; -- nearly synonymous with mortmain.

Syn: Chagrin; vexation; shame. See Chagrin.

Synonyms: chagrin, gangrene, humiliation, humiliation, necrosis, sphacelus

See Also: case, death, embarrassment, example, instance, myonecrosis, self-control, self-denial, self-discipline

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