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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Recent Examples on the Web Such was the case recently when a New Jersey lawmaker went on Twitter to humiliate a customer who left a 74-cent tip on a $119.26 tab. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Separate checks and tipping decisions can set off distasteful round of judgment," 27 Aug. 2019 Attempts by Israel's far-right regime to humiliate @RashidaTlaib failed. NBC News, "Rep. Rashida Tlaib's grandmother in West Bank still hopes for a visit," 17 Aug. 2019 The questions are meant to humiliate Celeste and degrade her and, ultimately, break her; there is, for all the formal niceties playing out in Judge Cipriani’s courtroom, a quiet barbarity to the whole thing. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Big Little Lies Forgot the Thing That Made It Great," 16 July 2019 Who is using social media to humiliate their opponents? Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Most Notable NBA Feuds This Past Decade," 17 Sep. 2019 Despite promoting him, Mr. Netanyahu often stymied and humiliated Mr. Liberman, ignoring or overruling his more bombastic policy positions, from the death penalty for convicted terrorists to toppling Hamas. New York Times, "Israel Election Could Turn on Ugly Breakup of an Odd Couple," 16 Sep. 2019 Even their desperation for some sort of moral victory, to avoid the shutout, the Dolphins ended up humiliated. BostonGlobe.com, "Just thinking: Hapless Dolphins had no chance against Patriots," 16 Sep. 2019 That Johnson and several members of his own Cabinet took every opportunity to publicly humiliate his predecessor Theresa May has not been lost on his enemies. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Boris Johnson is trapped in a Brexit prison he helped build," 14 Sep. 2019 The South Florida native looked unstoppable from the start Sunday, and tied a franchise record with five touchdown passes to help the Ravens humiliate host Miami and rookie head coach Brian Flores 59-10. SFChronicle.com, "Player unrest among Dolphins after loss to Ravens," 8 Sep. 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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6 Nov 2019

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The first known use of humiliate was circa 1534

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humiliate

verb
How to pronounce humiliate (audio)

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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