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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humiliatingly adverb

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But, after yet another humiliating performance to a venue of empty seats, Jack decides to give up. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Yesterday,” Reviewed: Danny Boyle’s Comedic Fantasy About a World Without the Beatles," 29 June 2019 The party will aim to avoid such a humiliating public defeat in the future. Bethany Allen-ebrahimian, The New Republic, "The Depressing Reality Behind Hong Kong’s Protests," 20 June 2019 In their run to the last four, England re-engaged with a fanbase disaffected by decades of failure at international tournaments, most notably in a humiliating exit to Iceland at Euro 2016. Chicago Tribune,, "Kane: 'there's a great future' for England after World Cup run," 12 July 2018 It was presumed humiliating to the boys and inappropriate hovering by the moms. Kate Stone Lombardi, Good Housekeeping, "Studies Show Boys Who Are Close to Their Mothers Do Better, Physically and Psychologically," 30 Apr. 2019 Talks were deadlocked Monday, but many politicians warned that Prime Minister Theresa May could face another humiliating defeat for her latest plan. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "London’s Finance Industry Has Decided: Brexit Is Already a Reality," 11 Mar. 2019 Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi had seen Saddam Hussein’s regime, and Hussein himself, meet a humiliating end, and wanted to be back on the West’s good side. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Pushes a New International Order Based on U.S. Bullying," 22 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of humiliating

1757, in the meaning defined above

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