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 once again, war catapulted our nation ahead, this time into virtual economic hegemony from which our current erosion is particularly humiliating. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Myths of war fog its economic costs," 29 Dec. 2019 Brady is leaving Belichick to deal with such humiliating incidents on his own. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: In ultimate Patriot move, Tom Brady exited New England before it was too late," 17 Mar. 2020 The news package was blasted for humiliating women and using them as tools for propaganda. Aria Chen, Time, "Video of Female Medics in China Having Their Heads Shaved Sparks Backlash Over Propaganda in the Coronavirus Fight," 21 Feb. 2020 The hulking head, its jaw frozen in a deep-fried grimace (perhaps in reaction to its humiliating adornment of pickled red onion slivers, garlic, a sweet-and-sour sauce, cilantro leaves and sesame seeds), is a stunning sight to behold. Soleil Ho,, "Prubechu’s Guamanian cuisine is multifaceted and complicated," 13 Feb. 2020 A day after getting thumped by the Avalanche in Chicago, the Blackhawks endured a 7-3 loss Saturday at the Pepsi Center, their second straight humiliating defeat at the hands of their Central Division rivals. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Patrick Kane’s point streak hits 15 games, but the Avalanche clobber the Blackhawks for the 2nd straight day with a 7-3 victory," 30 Nov. 2019 Yet this was still such a humiliating and dehumanizing experience for her. Piya Sinha-roy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Lana Wilson on Capturing a Changing Taylor Swift in Netflix Documentary 'Miss Americana'," 4 Feb. 2020 Rice dropped 13 three-pointers on the Blazers, which began its home losing streak with an even more humiliating loss to Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles are 7-17 overall and 3-8 in CUSA, but shot over 55 percent from the field in Birmingham. Joseph Goodman |, al, "UAB basketball coach Rob Ehsan nears troubling record," 7 Feb. 2020 Ireland was pushed to the brink of bankruptcy and forced to seek a humiliating international bailout that was followed by years of austerity. Danica Kirka,, "Vote prediction for Sinn Fein puts Irish politics in turmoil," 9 Feb. 2020

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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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22 May 2020

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“Humiliating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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