1. (Science: medicine) The act of mortifying, or the condition of being mortified; especially: Destruction of active qualities; neutralization. Subjection of the passions and appetites, by penance, absistence, or painful severities inflicted on the body. The mortification of our lusts has something in it that is troublesome, yet nothing that is unreasonable. (Tillotson)
Synonym: Chagrin, vexation, shame. See Chagrin.
Origin: F, fr. L. Mortificatio a killing. See Mortify. The localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply).