For 150 years its mortifying confusions have been swept under the carpet with the court adjudication “stubborn child.”
Thanks to a mortifying Fox News segment, Reza Aslan's book on Jesus has become an unlikely hit among hippies.
I'll share one that may not be the biggest lie I've ever told, but is certainly the most mortifying.
This of course exposed me to the mortifying risk of having my requests remain unanswered or worse, turned down.
Like us, their output ranges from the mundane to the mortifying.
I had also grown old enough to understand what they were, and how mortifying to an honorable self-respect.
A union between a musician and my daughter would be most mortifying to me.
But he has been a most mortifying instance of the violence of human passions and of the weakness of the most exalted human reason.
Maddened at a failure so mortifying, Mr. Hedge half regrets his marriage.
After a while I related my conversation with the gardener and its mortifying termination.
late 14c., "to kill," from Old French mortefiier "destroy, overwhelm, punish," from Late Latin mortificare "cause death, kill, put to death," literally "make dead," from mortificus "producing death," from Latin mors (genitive mortis) "death" (see mortal (adj.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Religious sense of "to subdue the flesh by abstinence and discipline" first attested early 15c. Sense of "humiliate" first recorded 1690s (cf. mortification). Related: Mortified; mortifying.
mortify mor·ti·fy (môr'tə-fī')
v. mor·ti·fied, mor·ti·fy·ing, mor·ti·fies
To undergo mortification; to become gangrenous or to necrotize.