humiliating

adjective
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

Other Words from humiliating

humiliatingly adverb

Examples of humiliating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The other thing is that Penelope watched her best friend for an entire season run around humiliating herself, getting in altercations with the Queen trying to find out who Lady Whistledown was. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 26 Mar. 2022 In response, Carlton works overtime to make things difficult for his cousin, doing everything from publicly humiliating him to even being an unwitting accomplice in a dastardly drug setup that could have landed Will back in jail. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 28 Feb. 2022 In our situation, this distinction between defensive and offensive is, frankly speaking, humiliating. Natasha Bertrand, CNN, 30 Mar. 2022 Not even the support of the queen was enough to spare Andrew his humiliating retreat from public and military life. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, 13 Mar. 2022 His resignation the next day was a humiliating defeat for a politician whose jokey bluster brought a celebrity status unmatched in British politics — but who was accused of behaving as if the rules didn’t apply to him. Jill Lawless And Danica Kirka, Anchorage Daily News, 8 July 2022 What was supposed to be a humiliating defeat for the Republicans somehow turned into a GOP hat trick: victory in the presidential election and retention of both House and Senate. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 24 June 2022 After Russia's humiliating defeat outside Kyiv, its second offensive isn’t moving at speed, according to the Pentagon. Phil Mccausland, NBC news, 9 May 2022 On Saturday United will face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in their first game since falling to a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday night, and Rangnick is hoping to see a quick response. Sam Pilger, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of humiliating

1757, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

9 Aug 2022

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“Humiliating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humiliating. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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