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

  • But then he springs a heresy: "Fasting, prayer, drugs, self-mortification, fornication, standing on his head, grace, listening to Tristan and Isolde unabridged three times in a .
  • He is also a serious flagellant, whipping his thighs in mortification to suppress sexual urges.
  • 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.
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  • 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 ...
    July 13, 2013 - Pitchfork

  • Lorne Michaels in Washington Post
    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."
  • Jennifer Lopez in New York Daily News
    Lopez, in court papers, says she's suffered "shame, mortification, hurt feelings, embarrassment, (and) humiliation."
  • Christopher Hitchens in Town Hall
    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...

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