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Adjective: mortifying  'mor-ti,fI-ing
  1. Causing to feel shame, chagrin or vexation
    "it was mortifying to know he had heard every word";
    - embarrassing
     
  2. Causing awareness of your shortcomings
    "golf is a mortifying game";
    - demeaning, humbling, humiliating
Verb: mortify  'mor-ti,fI
  1. Practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
     
  2. Hold within limits and control
    "mortify the flesh";
    - subdue, crucify
     
  3. Cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    "He mortified his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss";
    - humiliate, chagrin, humble, abase
     
  4. Undergo necrosis
    "the tissue around the wound mortified";
    - necrose, gangrene, sphacelate

See also: cringeworthy, undignified, unpleasant

Type of: bruise, check, condition, contain, control, curb, discipline, hold, hold in, hurt, injure, moderate, offend, rot, spite, train, waste, wound