hu·​mil·​i·​ate | \ hyü-ˈmi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce humiliate (audio) , yü- \
humiliated; humiliating

Definition of humiliate

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

Other Words from humiliate

humiliation \ hyü-​ˌmi-​lē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce humiliate (audio) , yü-​ \ noun

Examples of humiliate in a Sentence

I hope I don't humiliate myself during the presentation. He accused her of trying to humiliate him in public. She was hurt and deeply humiliated by the lies he told about her.
Recent Examples on the Web Its ultimate goal is to humiliate Russia and take possession of its natural resources. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2022 Wearing saw how badly people yearned for permission to say cruel things, make ugly faces, express contempt and humiliate others. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022 Of course, the intention of the video tape leak was to humiliate Lee. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 1 Feb. 2022 Ukrainians and their supporters have used social media to bruise, belittle and humiliate the Russians, seeking to boost citizens’ spirits and sap invaders’ morale during the most Internet-accessible war in history. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2022 In a madcap facial-recognition sequence, humans humiliate themselves before Yonyx — obediently distorting and contorting themselves for approval. Armond White, National Review, 23 Feb. 2022 However, deepfakes have been used to humiliate and abuse women since their inception—the majority of deepfakes produced are pornographic, and almost all of them target women. Matt Burgess, Wired, 15 Dec. 2021 Victor Morris is especially strong as Sheldon, an older Black actor relentlessly willing to humiliate himself to keep his job. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2022 This game requires the Red Raiders to go full Billy Tubbs on Texas, and leave in all of the starters to score as many points as possible to humiliate Texas, and Beard. Mac Engel, San Antonio Express-News, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of humiliate

circa 1534, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for humiliate

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

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“Humiliate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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hu·​mil·​i·​ate | \ hyü-ˈmi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce humiliate (audio) , yü- \
humiliated; humiliating

Kids Definition of humiliate

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

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