If you've ever gone an entire day with your fly unzipped, not realizing until after you've given a speech in front of a huge audience, you know what mortification feels like.

Mortification is the feeling of being completely humiliated. The word mortification has its roots in the Latin word for "death," mors. The original meaning of mortification was religious; in Christianity the meaning is "putting your sin to death". In Christian practice, this has varied from denying oneself pleasurable things, like certain foods, to inflicting physical pain on oneself. The religious reason for this kind of mortification is to cause the "death" of sins — or desires — of the body.

Definitions of mortification
  1. noun
    strong feelings of embarrassment
    synonyms: chagrin, humiliation
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    the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public
  2. noun
    an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect
    synonyms: humiliation
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    case, example, instance
    an occurrence of something
  3. noun
    the localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply)
    synonyms: gangrene, necrosis, sphacelus
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    localized death of muscle cell fibers
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    the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism
  4. noun
    (Christianity) the act of mortifying the lusts of the flesh by self-denial and privation (especially by bodily pain or discomfort inflicted on yourself)
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    self-control, self-denial, self-discipline
    the act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses
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