hu·mil·i·at·ing | \hyü-ˈmi-lē-ˌā-tiŋ, yü-\

Definition of humiliating 

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

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humiliatingly adverb

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But the letter was dated July 6, just as Pyongyang was humiliating Pompeo on his recent trip. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 2018 Brazil's elimination in Russia came four years after a humiliating 7-1 defeat against Germany in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup, held in Brazil. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "Neymar: World Cup exit is 'saddest moment of my career'," 9 July 2018 The members of the Waterford household separate into different rooms as the strange, humiliating birth ritual commences (Fun fact: Public births used to be common, especially among royalty., "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: This One Hits Too Close To Home, You Guys," 20 June 2018 Only a humiliating rout against Uruguay next Monday, combined with other unlikely results, could see the Russians miss out on the round of 16 now. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Russia Suddenly Looks Like it Belongs at its Own World Cup," 19 June 2018 According to Ashanea Davis, the humiliating incident occurred on May 22 at her local Target. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Michigan Woman Files Lawsuit Against Target After She Was Forced to Strip to Prove She Didn’t Steal Bikini," 5 June 2018 Sarah Palin slammed Sacha Baron Cohen and Showtime Tuesday on Facebook for their new prank series, claiming the comedian duped her and her daughter with a humiliating interview by posing as a disabled veteran. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Joe Arpaio says he was punked by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in 'fake' interview," 12 July 2018 Pruitt has suffered a career-ending scandal at a rate of nearly one a day, for weeks on end, many of them utterly humiliating, and with no end in sight. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Hasn’t Trump Fired Scott Pruitt? Because Pruitt Can Fire Robert Mueller.," 3 July 2018 For women in particular, physical exams have historically been invasive and frequently humiliating, and often with unproven results. Rachel Newcomb,, "Americans have resolved to live forever or die in the attempt," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of humiliating

1757, in the meaning defined above

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