humiliate

verb
hu·mil·i·ate | \ hyü-ˈmi-lē-ˌāt , 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, 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 anti-Birthday crowd is not interested in a jovial party or a fancy dinner at a restaurant, where a waiter might humiliate you at the end of a meal by bringing all the busboys over for a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "The only mashed potatoes recipe you'll ever need," 10 Apr. 2018 Sean Spicer, then the press secretary, accepted Miller's abject apology and then marched out to the lectern and humiliated him all over again. Anchorage Daily News, "Looking for Trump in all the wrong places," 12 Feb. 2018 And up next, guys, one comedian attempts to humiliate political figures by assuming an unbelievable identity. Fox News, "Meadows, Dershowitz react after Lisa Page defies subpoena," 12 July 2018 Sony Pictures has been struggling for some time and is still shaking off the ramifications from a late 2014 hack that humiliated the company and captured headlines for weeks. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Sony Uploads Entire Film to YouTube Rather Than Its Trailer," 3 July 2018 Kane scored both of England’s goals in a 2-1 win over Tunisia and added a hat trick as the Three Lions humiliated Panama 6-1. Ben Nuckols, The Seattle Times, "Kickoff: Well-rested Kane still tops World Cup scorers," 2 July 2018 Mr Putin talks of a Western conspiracy to humiliate Russia. The Economist, "Lessons from the rise of strongmen in weak states," 14 June 2018 In its response to the lawsuit, the department confirmed that Daley filed the complaint against Farley, but denied that the investigation that resulted was retaliatory or intended to humiliate or intimidate her. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Feds: Michigan prison agency needs to step up against sex harassment," 23 Apr. 2018 Yet without a better prospect of EU talks Mr Zaev is exposed to charges from Ms Grceva and her allies that Macedonia has humiliated itself for nothing. The Economist, "The obstacles on Macedonia’s road to the EU," 28 June 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 , 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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