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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Other Words from humiliate

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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These were ways, even for kids, to be publicly humiliated. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: The ricochet effect of public shaming now on full display," 30 June 2018 Brazil lost to France and the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and was humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals four years ago at home. Pan Pylas, chicagotribune.com, "Brazil and Belgium, two high-scoring attacks set for battle in the World Cup," 5 July 2018 Four years ago, Paulinho was part of the Brazil team that was humiliated at home in a 7-1 drubbing by Germany in the semifinals. Frank Griffiths, Houston Chronicle, "Brazil advances, faces Mexico next in round of 16 at World Cup," 28 June 2018 Neither Qatar nor the UAE existed as independent states when Israel humiliated Arab armies in 1967. The Economist, "A wild rideRadical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the Arab world," 21 June 2018 Law clerks and externs from numerous federal courts shared with us that they had felt demeaned, belittled, or humiliated during their clerkships or externships. Joan Biskupic, CNN, "Senate Judiciary Committee takes up #MeToo in the courts," 13 June 2018 Much has changed since Die Mannschaft humiliated the host Selecao 7-1 in the 2014 semifinals, then left Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium with a 1-0 extra-time win over Argentina on Mario Goetze's 113th-minute goal. Ronald Blum, Fox News, "Germany looks to become 1st repeat Cup champ in half-century," 12 June 2018 But the officers weren’t done humiliating Powell yet. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Black NYC Cop Arrested by Fellow Officers for No Reason, Court Documents Claim," 29 May 2018 Not alienating a paranoid adversary, while humiliating a key ally, must come before Trump’s worries of losing face by being stood up by Kim. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "Did President Trump Deliberately Sabotage the North Korea Summit to Save Face?," 25 May 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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