mortification mortification

Definition(s):

  1. (n) strong feelings of embarrassment
  2. (n) the localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply)
  3. (n) an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect
  4. (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)

Usage(s):

  1. Realizing one is gay is usually cause for terror, or at least mortification, but Milk felt too great a sense of entitlement to let either emotion prevail.
  2. He is also a serious flagellant, whipping his thighs in mortification to suppress sexual urges.
  3. The priestly black gowns wore hair shirts and spiked girdles in self- mortification, and lusted to harvest souls.

News

  • Morrissey Writes Apology for Postponing Tour, Says Some Dates Are Still On, Gives Medical Update

    On True to You , Morrissey has written a blog detailing his medical condition with an apology for having to postpone his tour dates due to food poisoning. He also clarified that his shows in Argentina and Brazil are still on, though he emphasized that he feels "humiliation and mortification" about the whole ordeal. "If my spirits climb down any lower I could never again find the dignity to stand ...
    on July 14, 2013     Source: Pitchfork

Quotes

  1. "It has to be an actor's worst nightmare," Michaels said. "Your first time on 'Saturday Night Live' and this happens. You could sense the mortification in the studio."
    on Sep 27, 2009 By: Lorne Michaels Source: Washington Post

  2. Lopez, in court papers, says she's suffered "shame, mortification, hurt feelings, embarrassment, (and) humiliation."
    on Nov 9, 2009 By: Jennifer Lopez Source: New York Daily News

  3. Hitchens argues that biblical commands lead Christians to two conclusions: either "a continual scourging and mortification of the flesh," along with confessions of guilt and denunciation of others, or "organized hypocrisy," with churchgoers...
    on Dec 12, 2007 By: Christopher Hitchens Source: Town Hall

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