humiliate

verb hu·mil·i·ate \ hyü-ˈmi-lē-ˌāt , yü- \

Definition of humiliate

humiliated; humiliating
transitive verb
:to reduce (someone) to a lower position in one's own eyes or others' eyes :to make (someone) ashamed or embarrassed :mortify
  • hoped they wouldn't humiliate themselves in their next game
  • accused her of humiliating him in public
  • feel so humiliated

humiliation

play \hyü-ˌmi-lē-ˈā-shən, yü-\ noun

Examples of humiliate in a Sentence

  1. I hope I don't humiliate myself during the presentation.

  2. He accused her of trying to humiliate him in public.

  3. She was hurt and deeply humiliated by the lies he told about her.

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Origin and Etymology of humiliate

Late Latin humiliatus, past participle of humiliare, from Latin humilis low — more at humble


HUMILIATE Defined for English Language Learners

humiliate

verb

Definition of humiliate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) feel very ashamed or foolish


HUMILIATE Defined for Kids

humiliate

verb hu·mil·i·ate \ hyü-ˈmi-lē-ˌāt , yü- \

Definition of humiliate for Students

humiliated; humiliating
:to cause (someone) to feel very ashamed or foolish
  • My brother humiliates me with my nickname, Stinky.


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