Mortified vs Shame - What's the difference?

mortified | shame |

As verbs the difference between mortified and shame

is that mortified is (mortify) while shame is to feel shame, be ashamed.

As a noun shame is

uncomfortable]] or painful feeling due to recognition or consciousness of impropriety, dishonor or other wrong in the opinion of the person experiencing the feeling it is caused by awareness of exposure of circumstances of [[unworthy|unworthiness or of improper or indecent conduct.

As an interjection shame is

a cry of admonition for the subject of a speech, often used reduplicated, especially in political debates.




  • (mortify)

  • mortify



  • (obsolete) To kill.
  • (obsolete) To reduce the potency of; to nullify; to deaden, neutralize.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Quicksilver is mortified with turpentine.
  • * Hakewill
  • He mortified pearls in vinegar.
  • (obsolete) To kill off (living tissue etc.); to make necrotic.
  • *, II.3:
  • *:Servius the Grammarian being troubled with the gowt, found no better meanes to be rid of it, than to apply poison to mortifie his legs.
  • To discipline (one's body, appetites etc.) by suppressing desires; to practise abstinence on.
  • Some people seek sainthood by mortifying the body.
  • * Harte
  • With fasting mortified , worn out with tears.
  • * Prior
  • Mortify thy learned lust.
  • * Bible, Col. iii. 5
  • Mortify , therefore, your members which are upon the earth.
  • (usually, used passively) To embarrass, to humiliate.
  • I was so mortified I could have died right there, instead I fainted, but I swore I'd never let that happen to me again.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=Then we relapsed into a discomfited silence, and wished we were anywhere else. But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, and with such a hearty enjoyment that instead of getting angry and more mortified we began to laugh ourselves, and instantly felt better.}}
  • (obsolete) To affect with vexation, chagrin, or humiliation; to humble; to depress.
  • * Evelyn
  • the news of the fatal battle of Worcester, which exceedingly mortified our expectations
  • * Addison
  • How often is the ambitious man mortified with the very praises he receives, if they do not rise so high as he thinks they ought!
  • (Scotland, legal, historical) To grant in mortmain
  • * 1876 James Grant, History of the Burgh and Parish Schools of Scotland , Part II, Chapter 14, p.453 ( PDF 2.7 MB):
  • the schoolmasters of Ayr were paid out of the mills mortified by Queen Mary



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), from (etyl) , which may also be the source of heaven; see that entry for details. Compare also Persian .


  • Uncomfortable]] or painful feeling due to recognition or consciousness of impropriety, dishonor or other wrong in the opinion of the person experiencing the feeling. It is caused by awareness of exposure of circumstances of [[unworthy, unworthiness or of improper or indecent conduct.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ?
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=When this conversation was repeated in detail within the hearing of the young woman in question, and undoubtedly for his benefit, Mr. Trevor threw shame to the winds and scandalized the Misses Brewster then and there by proclaiming his father to have been a country storekeeper.}}
  • Something to regret.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • guides who are the shame of religion
  • * Evelyn "Champagne" King, in the song Shame
  • And what you do to me is a shame .
  • Reproach incurred or suffered; dishonour; ignominy; derision.
  • * Bible, (Ezekiel) xxxvi. 6
  • Ye have borne the shame of the heathen.
  • * (Alexander Pope)
  • Honour and shame from no condition rise.
  • * (Lord Byron)
  • And every woe a tear can claim / Except an erring sister's shame .
  • The cause or reason of shame; that which brings reproach and ignominy.
  • * Shakespeare
  • guides who are the shame of religion
  • (archaic) That which is shameful and private, especially body parts.
  • Cover your shame !
    Usage notes
    * While shame is not generally counted, it is countable, for example *: I felt two shames: one for hurting my friend, and a greater one for lying about it.
    * (something regrettable) pity
    Derived terms
    * body shame * crying shame * shame on you * shamefaced * shameful * shamefully * shameless * shamelessly


    (en interjection)
  • A cry of admonition for the subject of a speech, often used reduplicated, especially in political debates.
  • * 1982 , " Telecommunications Bill", Hansard
  • Mr John Golding: One would not realise that it came from the same Government, because in that letter the Under-Secretary states: "The future of BT's pension scheme is a commercial matter between BT, its workforce, and the trustees of the pensions scheme, and the Government cannot give any guarantees about future pension arrangements."
    Mr. Charles R. Morris': ' Shame .
  • * 1831 , The Bristol Job Nott; or, Labouring Man's Friend
  • [...] the Duke of Dorset charged in the list with "not known, but supposed forty thousand per year''" (charitable supposition) had when formerly in office only about 3 or £4,000, and ''has not now, nor when the black list was printed, any office whatever -- (Much tumult, and cries of "shame " and "doust the liars")
  • (South Africa) Expressing sympathy.
  • Shame , you poor thing, you must be cold!
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) scamian.


  • To feel shame, be ashamed.
  • *:
  • *:Broder she said I can not telle yow For it was not done by me nor by myn assente / For he is my lord and I am his / and he must be myn husband / therfore my broder I wille that ye wete I shame me not to be with hym / nor to doo hym alle the pleasyr that I can
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:I do shame / To think of what a noble strain you are.
  • (label) To cause to feel shame.
  • :I was shamed by the teacher's public disapproval.
  • *(Robert South) (1634–1716)
  • *:Were there but one righteous in the world, he wouldshame the world, and not the world him.
  • To cover with reproach or ignominy; to dishonour; to disgrace.
  • *(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • *:And with foul cowardice his carcass shame .
  • (label) To mock at; to deride.
  • *
  • *:Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.
  • Derived terms
    * ashamed