Mortifying Mor"ti*fy`ing, a. 1. Tending to mortify; affected by, or having symptoms of, mortification; as, a mortifying wound; mortifying flesh. [1913 Webster]

2. Subduing the appetites, desires, etc.; as, mortifying penances. [1913 Webster]

3. Tending to humble or abase; humiliating; as, a mortifying repulse. [1913 Webster]

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  • mortifying — [[t]mɔ͟ː(r)tɪfaɪɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that something is mortifying, you mean that it makes you feel extremely ashamed or embarrassed. She felt it would be utterly mortifying to be seen in such company as his by anyone. Syn: embarrassing …   English dictionary

  • Mortifying — Mortify Mor ti*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mortified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mortifying}.] [OE. mortifien, F. mortifier, fr. L. mortificare; L. mors, mortis, death + ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Mortal}, and { fy}.] 1. To destroy the organic texture… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mortifying — adjective extremely embarrassing: The princess now faced further mortifying revelations in the tabloid press …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mortifying — mortify ► VERB (mortifies, mortified) 1) cause to feel embarrassed or humiliated. 2) subdue (physical urges) by self denial or discipline. 3) be affected by gangrene or necrosis. DERIVATIVES mortification noun mortifying adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • mortifying — adjective 1. causing awareness of your shortcomings golf is a humbling game • Syn: ↑demeaning, ↑humbling, ↑humiliating • Similar to: ↑undignified 2. causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation …   Useful english dictionary

  • mortifying — adjective Causing mortification; extremely embarrassing …   Wiktionary

  • mortifying — mor|ti|fy|ing [ mɔrtə,faııŋ ] adjective extremely embarrassing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mortifying — mor·ti·fy || mÉ”rtɪfaɪ / mɔː v. shame, humiliate; get gangrene; suppress fleshly desires for spiritual discipline …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mortifying — adj 1. humiliating, humbling; shameful, disgraceful, Obs. reproachful; disreputable, disfavorable, discreditable. 2. belittling, derogatory, deprecatory, disparaging, depreciatory, demeaning, deflating. 3. confusing, perplexing, bewildering,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • mortifying — UK [ˈmɔː(r)tɪˌfaɪɪŋ] / US [ˈmɔrtəˌfaɪɪŋ] adjective extremely embarrassing …   English dictionary

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