Definition of mortifying:
- disintegrating (part of speech: verb)
- humbling (part of speech: verb)
She was supposed to have been taken from him early, to save him and his children from the mortifying consequences of one of those romantic love- affairs in which a conscientious man had sacrificed himself to a girl he was certain to outgrow.- "The Quality of Mercy", W. D. Howells.
It was, however, really mortifying to see this splendid hall, fitted up in so stately and sumptuous a manner, filled with men, sitting in the most unseemly attitudes, a large majority with their hats on, and nearly all, spitting to an excess that decency forbids me to describe.- "Domestic Manners of the Americans", Fanny Trollope.
- "An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet", A. Henry Savage Landor.