mortification

[mawr-tuh-fi-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
a feeling of humiliation or shame, as through some injury to one's pride or self-respect.
2.
a cause or source of such humiliation or shame.
3.
the practice of asceticism by penitential discipline to overcome desire for sin and to strengthen the will.
4.
Pathology. the death of one part of the body while the rest is alive; gangrene; necrosis.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English mortificacion < Late Latin mortificātiōn- (stem of mortificātiō), equivalent to morti- (see mortify) + -ficatiōn- -fication

premortification, noun


1. See shame.
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mortification (ˌmɔːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  a feeling of loss of prestige or self-respect; humiliation
2.  something causing this
3.  Christianity the practice of mortifying the senses
4.  another word for gangrene

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mortification
late 14c., "mortifying the flesh," from L.L. mortificationem (nom. mortificatio), from pp. of mortificare (see mortify). Sense of "feeling of humiliation" first recorded 1640s.
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mortification mor·ti·fi·ca·tion (môr'tə-fĭ-kā'shən)
n.
Death or decay of one part of a living body; gangrene; necrosis.

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Example sentences
Each devotee has his own rituals, though most rely on the principles of
  self-mortification and delayed gratification.
We looked at each other in utter mortification.
The attention of peers is crucial, shunning by them a long-remembered
  mortification.
Even worse than being caught in daylight is the mortification of wearing black
  clothes so overwashed that they start to look gray.
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