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English definition of “mortification of the flesh”

mortification of the flesh

punishment of yourself, especially by hitting your body with a whip : I don't really want to spend the weekend working , but as they say, a little mortification of the flesh is good for the soul .Punishing by causing painHitting and beatingPunishing and punishmentsReligious practices
(Definition of mortification of the flesh from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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