humiliate

verb
hu·​mil·​i·​ate | \ hyü-ˈmi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce humiliate (audio) , yü-\
humiliated; humiliating

Definition of humiliate

transitive verb

: to reduce (someone) to a lower position in one's own eyes or others' eyes : to make (someone) ashamed or embarrassed : mortify hoped they wouldn't humiliate themselves in their next game accused her of humiliating him in public feel so humiliated

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Other Words from humiliate

humiliation \ hyü-​ˌmi-​lē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce humiliation (audio) , yü-​ \ noun

Examples of humiliate in a Sentence

I hope I don't humiliate myself during the presentation. He accused her of trying to humiliate him in public. She was hurt and deeply humiliated by the lies he told about her.
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The other half feel humiliated, the flight attendants’ union says. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Now Flight Attendants Have to Hustle for Tips," 23 Jan. 2019 At the turn of the last century, more than 100 lynching incidents were reported each year, many of them publicly orchestrated to humiliate the victims and instill fear in others. Erin B. Logan, Washington Post, "Why Congress failed nearly 200 times to make lynching a federal crime," 5 July 2018 Where the Puritans humiliated sinners with the stocks, the modern intolerant have Twitter . William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Shaming of Karen Pence," 21 Jan. 2019 Both women contend they were ridiculed, humiliated, suffered emotionally and became suicidal after the recordings were distributed. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Second woman sues former Federal Way basketball star Jalen McDaniels over exploitative videos," 19 Dec. 2018 A year after their spectacular collapse against Barcelona in the last 16, when they were humiliated 6-1 away in the return after a stunning 4-0 win at home, PSG had hoped to produce a memorable comeback themselves this time. Andy Scott, chicagotribune.com, "Ronaldo does it again as Real Madrid dump PSG out of Europe," 6 Mar. 2018 Frustrated and humiliated by Bell Labs (and the U.S. government), Abe wants to return to his activist roots. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Season Two Finale Left Us with Some Questions," 15 Dec. 2018 Instead, these women say they were ritually humiliated and degraded in order to promote fraternal bonds between young men. If these women’s allegations are true, Kavanaugh of course bears full responsibility for them. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh and the hidden cost of male bonding," 26 Sep. 2018 His endorsement of the Brexiteers at this critical moment is humiliating for May but potentially a boon for her as well. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of humiliate

circa 1534, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for humiliate

Late Latin humiliatus, past participle of humiliare, from Latin humilis low — more at humble

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humiliate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of humiliate

: to make (someone) feel very ashamed or foolish

humiliate

verb
hu·​mil·​i·​ate | \ hyü-ˈmi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce humiliate (audio) , yü-\
humiliated; humiliating

Kids Definition of humiliate

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

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