humiliate

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

Definition of humiliate

humiliated

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humiliating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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>

humiliation

play \hyü-ˌmi-lē-ˈā-shən, yü-\ noun

Examples of humiliate in a sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of humiliate

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


First Known Use: circa 1534


HUMILIATE Defined for English Language Learners

humiliate

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

Definition of humiliate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) feel very ashamed or foolish


HUMILIATE Defined for Kids

humiliate

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

Definition of humiliate for Students

humiliated

humiliating

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



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