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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Other Words from humiliating

humiliatingly adverb

Examples of humiliating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But most phones did not go through a humiliating launch experience like the original Galaxy Fold. Chris Smith, BGR, "Leak reveals a new Galaxy Z Fold 3 feature Samsung fans will love," 28 Apr. 2021 Liverpool, which suffered a humiliating 7-2 defeat against Villa last October, trailed at the break after a goal from Ollie Watkins, while Roberto Firmino's strike on the stroke of halftime was also ruled out by a marginal offside in the buildup. George Ramsay, CNN, "Premier League leader Manchester City stunned by 10-man Leeds United," 10 Apr. 2021 One recent afternoon, Kashmiris were forced to stand in long lines, in the heart of Srinagar city, with their hands up, waiting to be frisked by soldiers, part of a security routine that residents say is humiliating. New York Times, "Skiing in Himalayas Is ‘Like a Beautiful Dream,’ Despite Conflict and Coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2021 An attempt by Roskomnadzor two years ago to shut down the messaging app Telegram for refusing to share its encryption keys with security forces ended in humiliating defeat. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "First step: Threaten to ban Twitter. Next: A separate Russian internet?," 26 Mar. 2021 How can children unwittingly copy and paste the same horror stories, cries for help, and humiliating spirals? Alyson Stoner,, "Alyson Stoner Pens Eye-Opening Op-Ed on 'Harrowing' Childhood Stardom: 'Revisit the Script'," 7 Apr. 2021 There were other Kirby efforts over the years that sold more poorly or were met with more critical derision, but none had such a yawning and humiliating gap between ambition and reality. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, "The King’s Gambit," 18 Mar. 2021 While the State Assembly has largely remained more loyal than the Senate, which is more or less in open rebellion, Cuomo has spent a decade in office bullying, cajoling, and humiliating politicians sitting in these bodies. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Walls Are Closing in on Andrew Cuomo," 12 Mar. 2021 The mission remains one of the most humiliating failures in American military annals—a failure that became the impetus for expanding Special Ops. Mark Bowden, The Atlantic, "How Special Ops Became the Solution to Everything," 12 Mar. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Humiliating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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