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Definition of "mortifying" []

  • Present participle of mortify. (verb)
  • Causing mortification; extremely embarrassing. (adjective) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "mortifying" in a sentence
  • "As there was no love between them, fear no longer availed; and as Rolandine saw plainly that a reprimand so publicly given was prompted less by regard for her than by the wish to put her to shame, and that the queen was more pleased in mortifying her than grieved to find her in fault, she replied with an air as calm and composed as that of the queen was agitated and passionate, If you did not know your own heart, madam, I would set before you the bad feeling you have long entertained towards my father and me; but you know it so well, that you will not be surprised to hear that it is not a secret for anybody."
  • "[13] I passed thro that city & should like to see his hymn upon the occasion & if there be any good in it, put it in a note. how mortifying is this confinement of yours — I had planned so many pleasant walks to be made so much more pleasant by conversation. for I have much to tell thee. much to say of the odd things we saw upon our journey Much of the dirt & vermin that annoyd us."
  • "– And indeed it was on these occasions that Mrs Rayland seemed to take peculiar pleasure in mortifying Mrs Somerive and her daughters; who dreaded these dinner days as those of the greatest penance; and who at Christmas, one of the periods of these formal dinners, have blest more than once the propitious snow; through which that important and magisterial personage, the body coachman of Mrs Rayland, did not choose to venture himself, or the six sleek animals of which he was sole governor; for on these occasions it was the established rule to send for the family, with the same solemnity and the same parade that had been used ever since the first sullen and reluctant reconciliation between Sir Hildebrand and his sister; when she dared to deviate from the fastidious arrogance of her family, and to marry a man who farmed his own estate – and who, though long settled as a very respectable land-owner, had not yet written Armiger after his name."
Words like "mortifying"
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