What does mortification mean?

Definitions for mortification
ˌmɔr tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃənmor·ti·fi·ca·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chagrin, humiliation, mortificationnoun

    strong feelings of embarrassment

  2. necrosis, mortification, gangrene, sphacelusnoun

    the localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply)

  3. humiliation, mortificationnoun

    an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect

    "he had to undergo one humiliation after another"

  4. mortificationnoun

    (Christianity) the act of mortifying the lusts of the flesh by self-denial and privation (especially by bodily pain or discomfort inflicted on yourself)


  1. Mortificationnoun

    Deep humiliation or shame, from a loss of pride; painful embarassment, usually arising from exposure of a mistake; chagrin; vexation.

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. mortificatio a killing. See Mortify.]


  1. mortificationnoun

    The act of mortifying.

  2. mortificationnoun

    A sensation of extreme shame or embarrassment.

  3. mortificationnoun

    The death of part of the body.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mortificationnoun

    the act of mortifying, or the condition of being mortified

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. mortificatio a killing. See Mortify.]

  2. Mortificationnoun

    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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. mortificatio a killing. See Mortify.]

  3. Mortificationnoun

    destruction of active qualities; neutralization

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. mortificatio a killing. See Mortify.]

  4. Mortificationnoun

    subjection of the passions and appetites, by penance, absistence, or painful severities inflicted on the body

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. mortificatio a killing. See Mortify.]

  5. Mortificationnoun

    hence: Deprivation or depression of self-approval; abatement or pride; humiliation; chagrin; vexation

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. mortificatio a killing. See Mortify.]

  6. Mortificationnoun

    that which mortifies; the cause of humiliation, chagrin, or vexation

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. mortificatio a killing. See Mortify.]

  7. Mortificationnoun

    a gift to some charitable or religious institution; -- nearly synonymous with mortmain

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. mortificatio a killing. See Mortify.]


  1. Mortification

    Mortification is an Australian Christian extreme metal band which was formed in 1987 as a heavy metal group, Lightforce, by mainstay Steve Rowe on bass guitar and vocals. By 1990, in the Melbourne suburb of Moorabbin, they were renamed as Mortification with the line-up of Rowe, Michael Carlisle on guitar and Jayson Sherlock on drums. Mortification has released over twenty albums and several videos on major record labels such as Nuclear Blast. As one of the earliest internationally successful Christian death metal bands from Australia, they served as an inspiration for later similar groups. During the early 1990s Mortification played death metal, thrash, and grindcore, and "belonged to the elite of the death metal movement," especially with their 1992 album Scrolls of the Megilloth. After the departure of Sherlock, Mortification began experimenting with groove metal, hardcore punk and power metal. They achieved commercial success with Blood World in 1994 and received critically acclaim for 1996's EnVision EvAngelene. Despite the lack of subsequent commercial success or mainstream critical recognition, the band has maintained its status as "some kind of superstars in the Christian metal scene," and have been described as "a legend in the death metal scene." In late 1996, Rowe was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukaemia and took 18 months to recover. Mortification issued their tenth album, Triumph of Mercy in August 1998 and accompanied it with a tour of North America. By August 1999, the band had sold a total of a quarter of a million albums across Europe and the US. They returned to their death/thrash roots for the 2004 album, Brain Cleaner.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mortification in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mortification in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of mortification in a Sentence

  1. Raoul Vaneigem:

    Never before has a civilization reached such a degree of a contempt for life; never before has a generation, drowned in mortification, felt such a rage to live.

  2. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    Who, in after life, can help smiling at the fancies in which early anticipation revelled ; how absurd, how impossible, do they not now appear! Yet, in such mockery lurks much of bitterness : the laugh rings hollow from many a disappointment, and many a mortification.

  3. Alice Thomas Ellis:

    Those who live on vanity must, not unreasonably, expect to die of mortification.

  4. John Owen:

    Mortification from a self-strength, carried on by ways of self-invention, unto the end of a self-righteousness, is the soul and substnace of all false religion in the world.

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