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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Students dressed up as Jews and homosexuals are knocked over or humiliated in the clip. Fox News, "Argentinian students parody 'Barbie Girl' with 'Nazi Girl' in school assignment, receive high marks," 26 Nov. 2019 The 49ers passed another test after humiliating the Green Bay Packers 37-8 on Sunday night. oregonlive, "San Francisco 49ers continue to prove doubters wrong after destruction of Green Bay Packers," 25 Nov. 2019 Complaining of regulation run riot in the past, his most enthusiastic supporters celebrate the smallest changes as heroic efforts to restore freedom to a nation that lies prostrate and humiliated before all-powerful bureaucrats. Cass Sunstein, Twin Cities, "Cass Sunstein: Trump’s new executive orders deserve praise," 18 Oct. 2019 The Ravens, 7-2 entering Sunday’s showdown with the Texans, won by two touchdowns in Seattle, put up 37 in a win over the Patriots, and humiliated the Bengals last week, 49-13, with Jackson taking a seat for the fourth quarter., "“It’s fun to see that there’s people that strategize in the game, they don’t just do the same things over and over,” Henning, retired in Florida, said by telephone this past week.," 16 Nov. 2019 Eintracht Frankfurt humiliated Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich to win 5-1 on Saturday afternoon, leaving manager Niko Kovac under massive pressure., "Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Bayern Fall to Stunning Loss," 2 Nov. 2019 Lee offers a sweeping record of xenophobia in the U.S., highlighting the different ways minority groups have been humiliated, discriminated against and even deported. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "Here Are the 11 New Books You Should Read in November," 1 Nov. 2019 The Wildcats limped into Reser Stadium last year, a game many thought OSU had a great chance to win, only to have Arizona humiliate the Beavers with a punishing rushing attack during a 35-14 win. oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers at Arizona Wildcats football: Preview, matchups, notes, how to watch," 31 Oct. 2019 The announcement of his death came nearly two years after Iraq announced the defeat of IS and five years after the group humiliated its armed forces and seized nearly a third of the country. Zeina Karam, Twin Cities, "Islamic State leader leaves a legacy of terror," 27 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of humiliate was circa 1534

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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Humiliate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of humiliate

: to make (someone) feel very ashamed or foolish


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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