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Definition of Mortification

Mortification

  1. The act of mortifying, or the condition of being mortified
  2. The death of one part of an animal body, while the rest continues to live; loss of vitality in some part of a living animal; gangrene.
  3. Destruction of active qualities; neutralization.
  4. Subjection of the passions and appetites, by penance, absistence, or painful severities inflicted on the body.
  5. Hence: Deprivation or depression of self-approval; abatement or pride; humiliation; chagrin; vexation.
  6. That which mortifies; the cause of humiliation, chagrin, or vexation.
  7. A gift to some charitable or religious institution; -- nearly synonymous with mortmain.