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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mortifying mean? 

MORTIFYING (adjective)
  The adjective MORTIFYING has 2 senses:

1. causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation
2. causing awareness of your shortcomings

  Familiarity information: MORTIFYING used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

MORTIFYING (adjective)

Sense 1mortifying [BACK TO TOP]


Causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation


mortifying; embarrassing

Context examples:

the embarrassing moment when she found her petticoat down around her ankles / it was mortifying to know he had heard every word


unpleasant (disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings)

Sense 2mortifying [BACK TO TOP]


Causing awareness of your shortcomings


demeaning; humbling; humiliating; mortifying

Context example:

golf is a humbling game


undignified (lacking dignity)

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