mortifying :

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  • v  practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
  • v  hold within limits and control
  • v  cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
  • v  undergo necrosis
  • s  causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation
    it was mortifying to know he had heard every word
  • s  causing awareness of your shortcomings

  • When it's just mortifying, there's always breast-reduction surgery or, of course, the bro.
  • Writing this often mortifying story had made me feel vulnerable enough, but when Hollywood called to show interest in filming it, I wondered whether my psyche would survive.
  • And parental physical incompetence can be mortifying.
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    Strapping in for the long haul. (Photo by Vecchio/Three Lions/Getty Images) As a young woman, one of the most memorable coming-of-age moments is being taken to get your first bra: equal parts mortifying and thrilling, it’s one of those prepubescent rites that most adults wouldn’t care to repeat. And yet a colleague and I recently found ourselves re-enacting a scene from Judy Blume in the ...
    June 11, 2013 - The New York Observer

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