hu·​mil·​i·​at·​ing | \ hyü-ˈmi-lē-ˌā-tiŋ How to pronounce humiliating (audio) , yü-\

Definition of humiliating

: extremely destructive to one's self-respect or dignity : humbling

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Rather than endure a humiliating climb-down that would involve admission of cheating and the destruction of the new missiles, Putin is blustering new threats. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As a Key Arms-Control Treaty Is Set to Die, Russia Threatens to Target U.S. with New Nukes," 20 Feb. 2019 Each loved organizing grand entertainment for bored citizens, building extravagant projects and, more to the point, humiliating and silencing associates. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "The Saudi Crown Prince’s Uncertain Fate," 22 Oct. 2018 At first, Swiped comes in with the fairly easy-to-argue standpoint that, yes, dating apps lead to a hookup culture in which women are objectified, which is both stressful, unhealthy, and kind of humiliating. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "HBO's 'Swiped' Argues That Silicon Valley Must Fix the Dating Mess It Created," 10 Sep. 2018 Alas, the power of prayer once again failed to deliver—two days later, the wall had turned into a humiliating cave. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Trump’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," 27 Jan. 2019 Underlying this political fiasco—the years of unsatisfactory negotiations with Brussels, the cabinet infighting in the U.K., the high-profile political resignations, the humiliating legislative defeats—is one reality. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "A ‘No Deal’ Brexit Can Save the European Union," 17 Jan. 2019 Even more humiliating, the U.S. and others demanded that Maduro open up the oil-rich country to aid as millions flee mounting hunger. Ben Bartenstein,, "Venezuela Anti-U.S Revolt Ending in Whimper as Exodus Mounts," 14 Apr. 2018 In the wake of their humiliating defeat in 2016, and after Trump had called them all out for their disastrous policies, Democrats and their celebrity boosters were seething. Fox News, "Ingraham: The new American left: agents of hatred," 12 Sep. 2018 The San Jose Mercury-News’ Matt Schneidman says that was an utterly humiliating loss for Oakland. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "What the (inter)national media are saying about the Seahawks’ 27-3 trouncing of the Oakland Raiders," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of humiliating

1757, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of humiliating was in 1757

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