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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Yet YouTube’s current harassment and cyberbullying policies do state that content posted to deliberately humiliate someone, or content that makes hurtful personal comments about someone else, is in violation of its policies. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube drafting ‘creator-on-creator harassment’ rules after Steven Crowder incident," 12 July 2019 He was left humiliated, one seat short of a majority. The Economist, "Will Binyamin Netanyahu’s vow to annex part of the West Bank work?," 12 Sep. 2019 He was humiliated again on the same day, when a rebel bill to block a no-deal Brexit passed by 328 votes to 301. Tara John, CNN, "What just happened in British politics and what comes next?," 5 Sep. 2019 He was humiliated Tuesday — the first day of Parliament’s autumn term — by losing his first Commons vote as prime minister when lawmakers passed a motion 328-301 that enabled their push for a law stopping a no-deal Brexit. Danica Kirka, The Denver Post, "Brexit: U.K. Parliament delivers Boris Johnson third defeat in 2 days," 4 Sep. 2019 It was about feeling put-upon and possibly humiliated by his own life failures. David M. Zimmer, USA TODAY, "America's first mass shooting: 70 years ago, a WWII veteran killed 13 of his neighbors," 28 Aug. 2019 Tanya Jones, the target of the clown’s insults, told a local television station at the time that she was humiliated. Jason Nark, New York Times, "The Last of the Dunk Tank Clowns," 7 Sep. 2019 Officer Ivelisse Severance filed a hostile work environment complaint with the city, saying she was humiliated in front of people attending the event, the investigation found. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Veteran Mount Dora lawman Robert Bell promoted to police chief," 28 Aug. 2019 So, the neighbors are just looking through the windows and I’m just humiliated. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "North Carolina Black Man Cuffed In His Own Home After False Burglar Alarm," 26 Aug. 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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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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