mortify | mortified | mortification

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GRE

medium

Civil Services

medium

Banks

high

Meaning(s)

cause somebody to feel shame or embarrassment

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mortify - embarrass

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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’.

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Synonyms humiliate,abash
Antonyms flatter

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  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.

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