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mortify | mortified | mortification

mortify mortified mortification
cause somebody to feel shame or embarrassment
  • How to Memorize
    • mortify - embarrass
  • Analysis

    The word ‘mortify’ was once used in association with death. It has since been adapted to express a deep form of shame or embarrassment, but its connection with death is still seen in the phrase ‘dying with embarrassment’.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymschagrinhumiliate, abash,
  • Example(s)
    1. It must mortify him to know that it was his mistake that led to the deal falling through.

    2. When my boss criticized me in front of the whole office, I was absolutely mortified!

    3. I think people erroneously took my mortification about what happened as an admission of guilt.