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MORTIFYING

 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]

Meaning:

Causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

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


Sense 2mortifying [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing awareness of your shortcomings

Synonyms:

demeaning; humbling; humiliating; mortifying

Context example:

golf is a humbling game

Similar:

undignified (lacking dignity)


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