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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Joe Kennedy III, the congressman and the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, has spoken of being publicly humiliated by her on his first day in her class. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "Can Elizabeth Warren Win It All?," 14 June 2019 The mother of two, who is 65, admitted the slaying but denied murder, saying her spouse had controlled and humiliated her for 40 years. Washington Post, "UK prosecutors won’t seek retrial in abused wife case," 7 June 2019 Honestly, Tristan cheating on me & humiliating me, wasn’t such a shock as the first time. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This Video of Khloé Kardashian Ignoring Tristan Thompson at True's Birthday Is So Awkward," 15 Apr. 2019 Sinners are liable to be punished by having their identities revealed and their lives open to the outrage of the mob, which is all about humiliating the enemy in this new culture of ours that demands a walk of atonement. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Put coward Florida cop in prison, and who’s next? The social worker? The teacher? The politician?," 6 June 2019 But when France or Russia have been humiliated afterward, their response has been nationalist self-assertion. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Are You, or Have You Ever Been, an American?," 4 June 2019 The goal of the original statute was to prevent people from humiliating their former romantic partners by spreading nude pictures of them around the web. oregonlive.com, "Oregon lawmakers update ‘revenge porn’ law," 3 June 2019 They are beaten, humiliated and shocked with electricity. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Anti-LGBTQ Sentiment Is Rising Around the World," 3 June 2019 There will be some who say the Americans showed up Thailand and humiliated the world’s No. 34 team. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: US women did what was necessary in 13-0 blowout of Thailand," 31 May 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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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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