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verb hu·mil·i·ate \hyü-ˈmi-lē-ˌāt, yü-\

: to make (someone) feel very ashamed or foolish


Full Definition of HUMILIATE

transitive verb
:  to reduce to a lower position in one's own eyes or others' eyes :  mortify
hu·mil·i·a·tion \-ˌmi-lē-ˈā-shən\ noun

Examples of HUMILIATE

  1. I hope I don't humiliate myself during the presentation.
  2. He accused her of trying to humiliate him in public.
  3. She was hurt and deeply humiliated by the lies he told about her.


Late Latin humiliatus, past participle of humiliare, from Latin humilis low — more at humble
First Known Use: circa 1534

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HUMILIATION Defined for Kids


verb hu·mil·i·ate \hyü-ˈmi-lē-ˌāt, yü-\

Definition of HUMILIATE for Kids

:  to cause (someone) to feel very ashamed or foolish <My brother humiliates me with my nickname, Stinky.>


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